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Trump doubts Oprah will run for president

Trump doubts Oprah will run for president

Oprah Winfrey is a veteran talk show host and media mogul, with Forbes estimating her net worth at $2.8 billion.

Meanwhile, political journalist April Ryan tweeted: "If @Oprah ran for president in 2020, she is every person".

"At that time I announced that my first choice for vice president would be Oprah Winfrey. Really?", and bemoaned the "impossibly boring" current crop of major political figures, making people more likely to vote for celebrities like Mr Trump or Oprah. "They just don't understand how many Americans respect and admire Oprah for her intelligence and caring", he wrote.

Oprah has raised millions of dollars for various causes, including shelters for battered women but, like Mr Trump when he launched his White House campaign, she has no prior experience in government. "If I can't get Oprah, I'd like someone like her".

The president added that he liked her, "but I don't think she's going to run".

King said Winfrey "loves this country" and hopes to be "of service in some way", without holding the highest office in America. - I thought it sounded nearly like a campaign speech. I'm assuming she'd run as a Democrat, since that's where her worldview and sensibilities best fit. Her major impact to date was her May 2007 endorsement of candidate Barack Obama - at a time when Hillary Clinton was the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men", she said to a standing ovation. "I wanted this to be a meaningful moment". Quincy Jones said it was "an honour" to support Winfrey after she thanked him in her speech. "I had to dry my eyes before presenting the director's award right after Oprah's speech". "She had Donald Trump".

"So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!" Ironically, Donald Trump - on many levels her antithesis - has legitimised the idea of a celebrity presidency (though arguably the ascent of actor Ronald Reagan to the highest office in the land set an early precedent) Democrats now have no one candidate who has emerged as a likely 2020 contender, making Winfrey a possible unifying candidate.

Weight Watchers, which was hammered by free fitness apps and years of subscriber losses, has mounted a comeback since Winfrey bought a stake, joined the board and agreed to pitch the brand in 2015.


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