Oprah Winfrey set liberals hearts on fire with her speech at the Golden Globe awards.
Journalists and pundits viewed her as the top threat to Donald Trump’s re-election.
And now Oprah has finally responded to the speculation about a potential challenge to Trump.
Oprah was being interviewed by InStyle magazine when she was asked about a possible campaign.
She declared she “did not have the DNA for it.”
“TV and entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey told InStyle magazine that she does not have “the DNA” for a presidential run, putting a damper on talk that has swirled since her viral speech at the Golden Globe awards earlier this month.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it,” Winfrey said in an interview published online Thursday that was conducted three weeks before the Golden Globes.
Winfrey’s celebrity has been seen by some in political circles as a possible match for the bombast and heated rhetoric that President Donald Trump brought to the campaign trail in 2016 and is certain to lean on again in 2020.
In the InStyle interview, Winfrey was asked: “How do you feel when people say, ‘Oprah 2020’”?
“I actually saw a mug the other day. … I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt,” Winfrey told InStyle. “Gayle — who knows me as well as I know myself practically — has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’ So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you — it would be good for everyone else.’ I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
This is not surprising.
CBS anchor Gayle King – who is one of Oprah’s closest friends – previously stated Oprah was not interested in running for President.
Politico also reports:
“King was clear in an exchange with her CBS co-anchors that she spoke with Winfrey on Monday night but was expressing a hunch, not relaying anything Winfrey had told her. Still, King said she sees a possibility that Winfrey might go back on her long-held position that she will not run for office.
“I do think she’s intrigued by the idea. I do think that. I also know that, after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind,” King said. “I don’t think at this point she’s actually considering it, but listen, there are people who have said they want to be her campaign manager, who want to quit their jobs and campaign for her.”
Polls showed voters were not high on the idea of an Oprah candidacy.
One survey of Democratic primary voters found her in third place.
While her candidacy was hotly promoted on media outlets like CNN, it will not be a reality.