Magazine article Variety

Oprah, Please Run, Just to Spite Trump

Magazine article Variety

Oprah, Please Run, Just to Spite Trump

Article excerpt

Perhaps Oprah Winfrey's awe-inspiring speech at this past weekend's Golden Globe Awards was never meant to be anything more than that, but instead it became the rallying cry for a presidential run by the powerful media mogul. Ever since then, those in Hollywood - and D.C. - have been abuzz with speculation about whether or not she will actually enter the race in 2020.

Dan Rather said it well the other day when he tweeted, "Oprah Winfrey's speech embodied the best traditions of American oratory. It rang with moral clarity rooted in a march toward justice." Hmmm, oratory skills, moral clarity. Those aren't words that have ever been used to describe the inarticulate man in the White House, who appears to lack the virtues of honesty, empathy, courage and fortitude.

However, as my editorial team and I were discussing in our morning news meeting this week, whether she would be willing, driven and motivated enough to stomach and navigate the grueling campaign trail and all the nastiness that comes along with a presidential run is surely something Winfrey has to be asking herself.

Oprah has not made any official statements as yet about whether or not she is seriously considering a run. …

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