Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Will beat Oprah if she contests Presidential election: Donald Trump

Will beat Oprah if she contests Presidential election: Donald Trump

"Everybody is telling you different stories", he said of his interviews with members of the White House staff. "Let's put it this way: Everybody is lying in their own particular way, because that's what you do in the Trump White House".

"I don't, I don't", the United States billionaire media mogul reportedly said backstage at the Globes when asked if she planned to run.

Winfrey had sparked off speculation that she could run for president in 2020 with her epic Golden Globes speech on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump herself has reportedly entertained notions of one day running for president, according to author Michael Wolff in his new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House". "And that's to me what I think is most troubling, the unreality of people in the Hollywood bubble".

Winfrey has raised millions of dollars for various causes, including shelters for battered women but, like Trump when he launched his White House campaign, she has no prior experience in government.

Chatter about Winfrey running started after her speech in accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe awards this week. "For the first time, I am even like, 'Are you sure, are you sure?' - which only irritates her".

As fans took to social media to encourage Winfrey to consider a bid, CBS News host and close friend Gayle King revealed on Tuesday that Winfrey is "intrigued" by the idea.

"I absolutely don't think that her position has changed".

"Oprah will be a lot of fun", Trump said Tuesday, noting that he knows Winfrey "very well" and appeared with his family on one of the final episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show". "She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman".

Buzz about Oprah Winfrey seeking the presidency makes for good TV. "I was up talking to her very late last night", King added.

As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on December 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944.

Winfrey never mentioned running for office. She knew that she met the moment, but the reaction to the speech has been sort of overwhelming to her.

"It was the right person giving the right speech at the right time", King said. Winfrey made her first campaign appearances on Obama's behalf in December of that year, and it is logical to assume that her support won him votes in the primaries, though it is not possible to know how many.

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