Oprah Winfrey is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton for the upcoming U.S. election.
According to a new report by Entertainment Tonight, Oprah officially revealed that she was backing Hillary Clinton in her run for president in a new interview on June 15, admitting that she believes Clinton will become the first female president of the United States.
“I’m with her,” Oprah told Entertainment Tonight, describing Hillary’s run as being “a seminal moment for women.”
Correspondent Nancy O’Dell then quizzed Oprah further on the United States potentially electing their first female president through Clinton, to which Oprah replied by stating, “I really believe that that is going to happen.”
“America, I think it’s time for us to make that decision,” Winfrey continued of Hillary’s run in the interview while walking the red carpet at the premiere of the new OWN series Greenleaf. “What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world.”
Oprah’s revelation that she’s backing Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election comes just months after Winfrey originally claimed that she had no plans to endorse anyone in the 2016 presidency race.
According to Twitchy, when asked back in October 2015 who she planned to back in the election, Oprah Winfrey admitted to NPR that she does not “see a role for myself in this election cycle.”
Long before Oprah revealed that she would be standing behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, Winfrey actually predicted that Clinton would, in fact, become the first female president of the United States during a 2013 appearance on The Jonathon Ross Show.
Oprah Winfrey made the Clinton prediction on the U.K. talk show after admitting that she would never run for president herself because she doesn’t like “the whole political agenda,” but she confessed that she believed she would see a female sit in the oval office in her lifetime and that the person would be Hillary.
“Do you think we will see a female president in our lifetime?” host Jonathan Ross asked Oprah on the show three years ago, to which Winfrey replied, “I think we will.”
Oprah was then asked “Do you think it will be Hillary?” to which Winfrey admitted, “I think it will… I think it’s time.”
Winfrey, who publicly endorsed Barack Obama during his presidential run, also notably rushed to Hillary’s defense in October 2015 after rapper T.I. made some disparaging remarks about Hillary being a female.
Billboard reported that T.I. claimed in an interview in October that he “can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman” and back Hillary, noting that he believes a woman president would make too many “rash decisions.”
“Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally,” the rapper continued of Hillary according to Billboard.
“I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman],” he added, referring to Hillary’s presidential campaign.
Oprah then responded to T.I.’s remarks about Clinton in a paparazzi video captured by TMZ, where Winfrey told him to “hush.”
“Honey child, hush your mouth. You don’t know what you’re talkin’ about,” Oprah hit back.
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