After Oprah’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, legions of watchers thought the delivery to be quite presidential. Many hope as a result that the Cecil B. de Mille Award winner would dare to run for office in 2020. And why not? Her approval rating is probably considerably higher than Donald Trump’s and Oprah would probably not take issue with releasing her tax returns.
But on Tuesday, the Commander-In-Tweet said that he could undoubtedly beat the talk show host-turned-billionaire mogul and added that running against her would be “fun.” During a meeting in the White House with lawmakers, a member of the press asked Trump what he thought his chances would be of winning should Oprah became more than just “intrigued” with the idea. “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump responded. “Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well. You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump, this was before politics, her last week, and she had Donald trump and my family, it was very nice. No, I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s gonna run.”
And Trump may very well be right about that. While rumors immediately started to fly Sunday night and through Monday, best friend Gayle King declared on CBS This Morning that Oprah doesn’t have any immediate plans to throw her hat into the political arena– but that could change.
“I do think she’s intrigued by the idea, I do think that,” King said. “I also know that after years of watching The Oprah (Winfrey) Show you always have the right to change your mind. I don’t think at this point she’s actually considering it.”
But 63-year-old Oprah is a longtime Democrat who has fund raised for and openly supported many political candidates, including President Barack Obama whom she has interviewed several times. She’s a pop culture icon with a huge following, a self-made billionaire, and is generally respected for both her professionalism and her philanthropy. Whether or not Oprah chooses to trade business for bureaucracy is anybody’s guess, but the thought of being the first female president–and a Black one to boot–is pretty intriguing to us all.