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Oprah Winfrey for president? Speech sparks speculation

Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. De Mille Award during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday. Winfrey's speech spurred talk of a possible presidential run View Slideshow
Preston Stone | 11 January, 2018, 18:19

The nine-minute speech generated two standing ovations from the Hollywood glitterati and prompted 220,000 posts on social media mentioning the words "Oprah" and "president" in just 24 hours, said Mr Todd Grossman of social media analytics company Talkwalker.

"I know her very well", he told reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House, before adding: "I don't think she's going to run".

Winfrey's impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday had Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race.

"She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don't think she's actively considering it".

Soul singer Seal has claimed Oprah Winfrey knew for years about Harvey Weinstein's abuses, and has slammed the talk show host for being "sanctimonious" and a hypocrite.

Mr Trump's daughter, Ivanka, tweeted her support for Winfrey - though not necessarily politically.

Immediately after her speech, the hashtag #Oprah2020 began trending on Twitter.

Oprah Winfrey would beat President Trump 50 to 39 percent according to a new NPR  PBS NewsHour  Marist poll
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In November, she told a Tokyo summit that sexual harassment of women should "never be tolerated".

One of the sources said these conversations date back several months.

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. Critics said she defended her father after he was accused of sexual assault and was caught on tape bragging about being able to grope women because he was famous.

But he added: "Yeah, I'll beat Oprah". Oprah's success in her field is no more indicative of her potential to be a good president than Trump's success in real estate was. "I mean, she's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman". "I think we'd win easily, actually".

To all the powerful men out I say your times up.

On Wednesday, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane also questioned Winfrey's presidential ambitions, writing that a Trump-Winfrey matchup in 2020 would be "troublingly dystopian". If she does, she'll have the chance to make her best argument for why she should be president. After college, she went into journalism before reigning for 25 years as queen of the U.S. talk show scene, ushering in an era of confessional television before becoming the first black woman to own a television network.

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