Oprah Winfrey gave a speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night which some have interpreted as an early bid for the Presidency of the United States.
Meryl Streep told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday, for example:
Oprah launched her presidential campaign, I think.
During her endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Oprah said of the prospect of a female President:
America, it’s about time that we made that decision.
The possibility of the broadcaster and activist becoming the Democratic candidate was rubbished by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was forced out of the White House under President Trump in 2017.
Spicer told Good Morning Britain:
She doesn’t have the political infrastructure and we’ve seen this before in our history where people who have tried to pop in that are not in politics who have had a difficult time adjusting.
The Good Morning Britain hosts interjected that Trump was a reality TV star when he launched his presidential campaign.
Clearly President Donald Trump proves there is an appetite for outsiders and you don’t necessarily have to have that. The question is was that an anomaly or is that the new norm?
I think if an Oprah Winfrey jumped in, I think it would be on the other side of the political aisle, that would be the test of that.
She’s extremely impressive… I think that you can’t make this stuff up. This would be the clash of titans. Hands down Donald Trump [would win] but I think Oprah would give him a run for his money.