The push for the 2020 presidential election is on, after NBC tweeted out a not-so-subtle endorsement of Oprah Winfrey as “OUR future President.” Inspired by her Golden Globes speech on sexual harassment in Hollywood, many on the left are calling on her to run for President.
While Democrats and the media quickly jumped on the Oprah bandwagon, others say the billionaire talk show legend has a skeleton in her closet, one that will likely not go over well with the feminists trying to elevate her to the White House.
During the Golden Globes Sunday night, NBC ran this tweet, which they later deleted with an apology that it should not have been posted.
Here is the apology tweet from NBC.
Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast. It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.
— NBC (@nbc) January 8, 2018
The “Oprah for President” movement was hardly spontaneous – it was talked about on social media even before Oprah spoke, and CNN is reporting that Oprah herself has been kicking around the idea for some time.
Oprah Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday.
The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey’s extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.
Some of Winfrey’s confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.
One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.
A representative for Winfrey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Democratic race for president won’t officially begin until after the 2018 midterms, but many potential candidates are already jostling for position and making trips to Iowa.
“President Winfrey” was the talk of the entertainment world after Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. And the “Oprah for president?” possibility was a top story on morning TV.
The touchstone of her speech was the #MeToo movement. But her hopeful message — “A new day is on the horizon” — could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry.
Many liberal-leaning celebrities and viewers certainly heard it that way. And that may have been exactly what Winfrey wanted.
However, despite all the positive publicity and kind words for Oprah, politics is a different arena, and expectations are higher. Oprah has been criticized in the past for some business practices, and her embrace of New Age mysticism will likely not sit well with most Americans with a Christian or Catholic faith.
Oprah also runs the risk of appearing to be a hypocrite for using the issue of sexual harassment as a springboard to a political career. Rose McGowan, whose story helped launch the #MeToo movement, has criticized those who stood by and said nothing when individuals like Harvey Weinstein openly preyed on young women. In particlular, McGowan recently blasted Meryl Streep, who has done many films for Weinstein. “YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy,” McGowan said on Twitter.
Oprah can likely be accused of the same thing, as she has been photographed with Harvey Weinstein several times, proving that they are more than just acquaintances. One picture in particular stands out and could be a stumbling block for her:
There’s more – Oprah has a long pictorial history with Weinstein.
Already, critics are slapping the phrase “SHE KNEW” on Oprah – and it’s hard to deny she didn’t know something, as Weinstein’s behavior was an open secret.
It seems Democrats’ hops for their own celebrity President has some pitfalls already.