Recently Oprah Winfrey gave a stirring speech at the Golden Globes in which she inveighed against ubiquitous sexual abuse, warning abusers that “their time is up”.
Winfrey had barely heralded a “new day” following a sexual harassment watershed, before calls snowballed for one of America’s most famous women, a self-made tycoon born into poverty, to run for the highest office in the free world.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she said to thunderous applause.
She brought the crowd at the Beverly Hilton to its feet. On social media, chatter built about her presidential prospects.
Since that day, Winfrey hasn’t made any public statement about her intentions. But the chatter has Democratic circles buzzing. CNN, citing two anonymous individuals, said Winfrey’s confidants have been urging her for months to run for office. Brad Anderson, the Iowa state director for President Barack Obama’s reelection, tweeted, “Call me Oprah. I’ve got some Iowa county chairs who would love to hear from you.”
President Trump even weighed in when on Tuesday when a reporter asked him whether he could beat Winfrey. “Yeah, I’d beat Oprah,” Trump said before quickly switching gears. “Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well… I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s gonna run.”