The Twittersphere has already decided Oprah Winfrey should run for president in 2020, and the star’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and even Meryl Streep, have now suggested this could actually become a reality.
Winfrey, 63, delivered such a powerful speech while accepting the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s star-studded event, that many pointed out that it could well be the first speech of her political career.
After watching her wise words, Graham, 66, told the LA Times: “It’s up to the people. She would absolutely do it.”
“I thought that speech was incredible. I got goosebumps,” Gayle King, Winfrey’s best friend, added.
It’s not just the online world and her other half who are backing Winfrey for president, with Meryl Streep also insisting she “doesn’t have a choice” but to give it a go.
Streep told The Washington Post, “She launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
However, it seems like Winfrey, who has insisted on numerous occasions that she won’t be running for public office, has a different idea to the rest of the world.
The Times are said to have told her inside Sunday’s ceremony: “The internet is saying Oprah for president in 2020,” to which she replied: “I say, I’m just glad I got through the speech! I thought a lot about it. I wanted this to be a meaningful moment.”
When the publication went back to the subject, Winfrey simply said: “Okaay!”
Her comments come after she said on CBS This Morning in October, “There will be no running for office of any kind for me.”
Winfrey had echoed these thoughts when she was a guest on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast back in June.
When asked about running for president, she said: “I will never run for public office. That’s a pretty definitive thing.”
She added, when quizzed on whether she could pull off a victory over Trump if she ran against him in 2020: “I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that. But I will never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office.”
Winfrey’s much-talked about speech at the ceremony, which saw stars unite in support of the Time’s Up movement against sexual harassment, saw her call for a day when women wouldn’t have to say “me too.” See more here.