After saying for months that she would not run for president - or for that matter, public office - Oprah Winfrey may now be changing her tune. Besides the liberal creative talent, Hollywood money also comes from the more conservative, unionized trade and craft workforce as well as from the business interests.
But would she beat our current president?
The thought that the US's first female president would be black is an exciting one, as well as the notion that Winfrey would knock Trump from his prime-time position. Her willingness to do so would be a powerful contrast to Trump, who is hobbled by financial conflicts.
Oprah hasn't commented on the recent encouragement for a 2020 run, but friends have said she's thinking about it.
"Then again, if we did ever go toe-to-toe with North Korea, I believe she could calm Kim Jong-un down, just by helping him lose weight", he said, referencing Winfrey's longtime partnership with Weight Watchers. "All of the politicians who would think about running, she'd be one of the people they'd have to get past".
Oprah Winfrey fans lit up Twitter on Monday with calls for her to run for US president after the entertainment star gave an inspiring "new day" speech at an awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. A CBS News spokeswoman declined to comment on Monday. It would be relatively easy to step aside from OWN for a presidential campaign. Every past action and statement dating back to childhood is re-evaluated through a political lens. On Sunday night Winfrey's detractors immediately began circulating an old photo of Winfrey with Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who has become the symbol of Hollywood rot.
A March 2017 poll by Quinnipiac University gave Winfrey a 52% favourable rating compared to Trump's then 41% job approval rating. Videos and transcripts of the speech were widely shared on social media on Monday morning.More news: LSU's Derrius Guice entering National Football League draft
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Winfrey, who along with most of the show's other women attendees wore a black gown to show support for victims of sexual misconduct, was the first black woman to receive the annual Cecil B. DeMille award, joining the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Sophia Loren.
King said: "She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way. But now she doesn't have a choice". The network later deleted the tweet and explained that it was done by a "third party agency" and was a reference to a joke by Golden Globes host Seth Meyers.
"I think one of the arguments for Oprah, arguments for Oprah, is 45".
Donald Trump's former Press Secretary said Oprah doesn't have the "political infrastructure" to win a presidential campaign.
The laughs and cheers from the crowd made it clear: Winfrey would have a lot of supporters in the entertainment industry. The title: "HOPE-RAH".
She discussed race and gender frequently on her show. Unlike Trump, Winfrey has done massive amounts of philanthropy (including overseas endeavors), and to avoid following in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton, Winfrey would need to shut down all endeavors in which she solicits donations from others, in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest. There will likely be at least a dozen people running, and if you're a Democrat you're probably going to like at least some of them. "Will we have sought common ground?"