Kristol cited Winfrey's support for regime change in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power and her friendship with Allan Bloom, a conservative philosopher who was critical of the higher education system in the US, as reasons for why he admires her.
You can read the full text of Oprah's speech that fired up the Golden Globes HERE.
She indicated that the same thought had crossed her mind after Trump's election: "I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, 'Oh". It gave a vision on how to move forward.
The drumbeat for a potential Winfrey presidential run began nearly as soon as the Golden Globes kicked off, as host Seth Meyers jokingly told Winfrey not to run.
Following calls for Oprah Winfrey to run for president, two of her close friends told CNN Monday that she is "actively thinking" about making a run at the White House. I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president.
The joke prompted a laugh from Winfrey, 63, and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, who later added fuel to the fire about Winfrey's possible presidential ambitions.
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As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on December 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944.
"It's the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice", she said.
Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race. "You will never be vice president". Trump has famously derided stories about him and entire news organizations as "fake news".
Whether she's telling the truth or trying to throw us off the scent, only time will tell.
Trump told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in 2015, shortly after announcing his presidential bid, that a 2016 ticket of Trump for president and Winfrey for vice president would be a lock for the White House. "Even I am now starting to think the rules have changed about running for president". "I'd love to have Oprah", Trump said at the time.
Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe attend The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. But her hopeful message - "A new day is on the horizon" - could have doubled as a campaign rallying cry. "When that new day finally dawns, it will be because a lot of magnificent women-many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men-are fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say 'Me too, ' again".