The biggest news Monday morning was that 63-year-old Oprah Winfrey is making a bid for the 2020 presidential race. Except that she hasn’t actually said that. But her fans were quick to throw their support behind her possible upcoming challenge to President Trump after her rousing speech at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
After receiving a lifetime achievement award, Oprah gave what the Washington Post described as an inspirational speech with “stump-like quality” about racial and gender injustice. She added that she has “hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.”
Speculation that she was hinting at a run for president — and support for such a bid — took the internet by storm. Predictions about how well she would do in a race against Trump and Democrat contenders filled the social media feeds. Even NBC bizarrely declared Oprah’s win a done deal.
Speculation was also fueled by CNN, who reported that their sources say she’s “actively thinking” about a run. According to the Los Angeles Times, her longtime partner Stedman Graham — who she was engaged to once during their ongoing 32-year relationship — supported the idea, too.
Graham said, “It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it."
Award-winning actress Meryl Streep was one of the first people to see Oprah’s speech as a sly campaign bid. And she thinks Oprah has intentionally or unintentionally forced herself into it.
“She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president,” she told the Washington Post before adding, “I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
Not every conservative is against the idea of a President Oprah, and not every conservative thinks she couldn’t win. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has weighed in, and so has conservative commentator Matt Walsh.
According to ABC News, Trump’s White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley responded to the Oprah chatter by saying, "We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else.”
What do you think about this? In other Golden Globes news, three women dared to not join the Golden Globes "blackout" on Sunday after they showed up on the red carpet wearing different colors.