Presidency: Trump Says He Would Beat Oprah Winfrey… But She Won't Run

Presidency: Trump Says He Would Beat Oprah Winfrey… But She Won't Run

Running for reelection against Oprah Winfrey would be "lots of fun" President Trump said on Tuesday, though he doesn't think she will enter the 2020 race.

And while she didn't explicitly say that she would run for president in 2020, many people are still pretty keen for her to do so.

The president added that he appeared on one of the media mogul's final shows and knows her "very well".

Winfrey, in September and October, publicly dismissed the notion of seeking the nation's highest office, though she noted that Trump's victory made her rethink the requirements of the office.

Bill O'Reilly, a Trump supporter and ex-Fox News anchor disgraced by sexual harassment allegations, wrote, "How can any politician attack Oprah, a feminine icon, human rights hero, civil rights champion and beloved human being?"

In his words, the only question on Winfrey is whether she wants to be demoted from "Queen of the Universe to President of the United States". "She did in nine minutes what Barack Obama did in 17 minutes in 2004", Jones said, referring to the 44th president's famous Democratic National Convention keynote address that launched him onto the national scene.

Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as unusual as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.

Actress Alyssa Milano and others quickly chimed in, pointing out that Ivanka Trump's tweet doesn't mention that her father faces accusations of sexual misconduct by several women.


"She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by the brutally powerful men", she said.

At the start of the Golden Globes on Sunday, host Seth Meyers playfully encouraged her to run against Trump. No, I like Oprah.

"NOPRAH! Do we really need another celebrity president?" read the front page of Tuesday's New York Post.

Still, while some Democrats would embrace Winfrey's outsider-celebrity status as the party's answer to Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted that Winfrey, like Trump, lacks any kind of experience in government. That was before most of the Trump administration to date and also before a national reckoning about the way women are treated in this country.

"So much has been said about what my jumping into this arena does or does not bring to the table of politics".

And in a 1999 interview with Larry King, he said she would be "always be my first choice" for a running mate. "She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman".

She closed her speech with a call for unity, "I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon".

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