Could Oprah Win In 2020? [Opinion]

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Following her tremendous speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey has exposed herself to a litany of rumors concerning her potential run for U.S. president in 2020. While the television icon has yet to address these speculations, Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s partner of many years, has remarked in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that she would certainly give it a shot. However, Gayle King, one of Oprah’s closest friends, has claimed that she does not believe the longtime host of The Oprah Winfrey Show to be genuinely interested in a political campaign. Additionally, President Trump offered his thoughts on Winfrey’s political aspirations on Tuesday by stating that he doesn’t believe she’ll be running for office in the future.

While the realities of Oprah’s potential career in politics can only be clarified by the media mogul herself, it may be important to consider her theoretical longevity in the political space. While celebrities like Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger have thrived in such an environment, the notoriously cutthroat atmosphere of American politics may prove to be too daunting for the ex-television star.

What’s more, Oprah lacks the robust political background typically necessary for politics. While proponents of Oprah’s alleged run for office may argue that Donald Trump won the presidency without a significant stint in the political sphere, he is a major exception. Most individuals campaigning for the job do so following a lifetime of public service. Though some of her more zealous fans may consider her contributions to the world of television to qualify her as a serious contender, it is likely that her entrance into the struggle for civic control would be met with harsh criticism. Oprah may have offered some heartfelt opinions on Hollywood’s latest scandal, but it is difficult to envision her delivering an equally compelling speech concerning modern-day geopolitics.

Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards
Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globe AwardsFeatured image credit: Kevin WinterGetty Images

It is also important to remember that Oprah would hardly be running unopposed. It isn’t clear yet as to who will be pursuing the Democratic nomination, but it is unlikely that political titans like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden will exclude themselves from the race. Pundits have even speculated that Michelle Obama may enter the mix, which would certainly make Winfrey’s path to the Oval Office much more difficult.

Yet, though there may be plenty of reasons to count her out of the upcoming race for the White House, there are a few cases to be made in favor of Oprah’s potential campaign. Millions of voters are still eager to see a woman sworn-in as the commander and chief, so she is guaranteed to garner some support. Plus, Winfrey will almost certainly be free of the scandal and accusations of corruption that plagued Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. Barring any shocking revelations about her past, Oprah may seem very appealing when compared with the harsh, brutish personality of Donald Trump.

Nobody knows what will happen three years from now, but the reality is that a heartwarming Golden Globes speech is hardly grounds for a successful political endeavor.