On Tuesday, President Trump remarked that he would beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest between the two, but then added that he doesn't think that the actress and talk show celebrity will decide to run, according to Reuters.
Speaking with reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, President Trump said that he personally likes Oprah, who gave an inspiring speech at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night, thereby sparking speculation that she is considering a 2020 bid for the White House in the Democratic Party.
"Yeah, I'd beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun," Trump said. "I don't think she's going to run."
In the past, Oprah has said that she doesn't plan to run for any elected office, although sources close to her claim that she is "actively considering" a run against President Trump in 2020.
CNN reports that an Oprah campaign for president would considerably change an early playing field — one where Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren are considering the leading contenders, alongside Senators Corey Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kristen Gillibrand, who are also receiving widespread national attention.
According to some strategists, Oprah is one of few people who will be able to pull national media attention away from President Trump in the heat of the presidential campaign. In this regard, she will be able to "out-Trump Trump." Others portray Oprah as the alternative to Trump's brand of bitter and personal brand of politics.
Oprah, claims CNN, is everything that Trump claims to be, but much unlike the former host of the "Celebrity Apprentice," Oprah is adored by most Americans. Like Trump, she is successful and self-made, but unlike Trump, she is also portrayed as generous, charitable, and beloved by most Americans.
According to the National Review, this isn't the first time that people have urged Oprah to run for president. In fact, Michael Moore suggested that her or Tom Hanks consider running against Trump in 2020. Even Donald Trump suggested her as his own running mate in the year 2000.
"In an era before Trump," writes the National Review, "this would have been risible."
They continue: "What Donald Trump proved is that a celebrity with charisma, performative ability, and gobs of free media can, in the right circumstances, stomp conventional politicians who lack all three. People who were merely governors and senators, who had never really performed on a big stage or truly mastered the media (they were just politicians, after all), stood at a distinct disadvantage."
Watch Trump's full statement on Oprah 2020 in the video below.
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