"Oprah would be a lot of fun", said Trump, who added that he knows her "very well".
"I think Oprah's an icon in this country and frankly throughout the world, and she's got a huge following that's really not political and she clearly speaks very powerfully to women at this point in our political discourse and our society". What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have, and I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories... "But I don't think she's actively considering it at this time".
Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as unusual as it once seemed.
But it was her exhortation of the legions of women who have called out sexual harassers - and her dream of a day "when nobody has to say "me too" again" - that got some influential political operatives thinking Winfrey might be just what the Democrats need. "I think one of the arguments against Oprah is 45".
Winfrey, in September and October, publicly dismissed the notion of seeking the nation's highest office, though she noted that Trump's victory made her rethink the requirements of the office.
And after some pushing and prodding from her co-anchors, King said she agreed. Nonetheless, the spectacle of an entertainment industry condemning Trump while having enabled sexual predators for decades is an albatross that Winfrey will have to shed if she is to make the leap from theoretical front-runner to a candidate who can actually win the presidency. "I think it's a very very intriguing idea myself".More news: Alligators survive U.S. brutal cold by poking noses through ice
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Oprah Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, is downplaying any suggestion that Winfrey might run for president. "At the same time, politics is ridiculous right now". In fact, she was brought into the mix nearly 20 years ago by Trump.
Oprah Winfrey for President? I will quit my job and campaign for her.
Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, almost 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
Lady Gaga and Anna Paquin are among the stars urging Oprah Winfrey to seriously consider a run for America's top office in 2020.
King reiterated that statement Tuesday morning: "I absolutely don't think that her position has changed". They were recently in Hawaii together celebrating King's birthday with both of their families.
Late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel said Monday that he preferred Winfrey to Trump. She was also there to watch the speech live at the Golden Globes. "And I will tell you, I went to the Wharton School of Finance, and I will say I am sitting next to it".