On Sunday night, #Oprah Winfrey gave a ten-minute speech at the #Golden Globes that brought the crowd to their feet and caused the internet to go viral with speculation about a potential 2020 run for president.
Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as odd as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.
With that being said, I deem 2018 the year of the woman. "At the same time, politics is ridiculous right now".
Winfrey, who along with most of the show's other attendees donned a black gown to show support for victims of sexual misconduct, was the first black woman to receive the annual Cecil B. De Mille award, joining the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Sophia Loren.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men", Winfrey said. And though polls show his approval up slightly since, Trump is the least popular first-year president on record.
After the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, #MeToo took off, with women from every part of the world sharing their sexual harassment stories.
While lots of her fans and friends think she has what it takes to be commander in chief, Winfrey told ET in October that she has no intention of running for office.
A representative for Winfrey did not reply to a request Monday for comment from The Associated Press. Also worth noting: Her longtime partner Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times Sunday night that "It's up to the people..."
This is not the first time Oprah Winfrey's name has surfaced as a possible presidential candidate.
Raised in Nashville, Milwaukee and MS, she was raped as a 14-year-old by an uncle and became pregnant, until she miscarried the baby.
Oprah figured out her speech that afternoon
The Golden Globes was a night of glitz, glam, and women absolutely not having it with being silenced. Another tweeted, "For more than three decades, @Oprah has been inspiring others, giving a voice to the voiceless, and telling stories that had the power to change lives".
"Oprah cometh", tweeted actress Amber Tamblyn, while musician Pharrell Williams called her the greatest of all time. I'd love to have Oprah. I've been on her show ... Plus, Donald Trump already has a vice president in Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana. "If she'd do it, she'd be fantastic".
The sources told Stelter that they had been privately encouraging Winfrey to run, dating back several months. The president's son retweeted it, calling it "strange".
The most direct references to Trump came during host Seth Meyers' opening monologue.
Capping off the evening as she introduced the night's biggest prize, the award for Best Motion Picture Drama, singer and actress Barbara Streisand delivered a stirring message to the celebrity-packed room. "It's up to the people", he said.
Of course, given that Oprah publicly endorsed the president's rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election (and was a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama), it's doubtful that this would ever come to fruition.
"So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!"
That's not to say Winfrey can't claim any significant political influence.
Also attending the event were Marai Larsi, executive director of Imkaan; Rosa Clemente, a community organiser; Billie Jean King, founder of the Women's Sports Foundation; Calina Lawrence, a member of the Suquamish Tribe and advocate for Native American treaty and water rights; and Saru Jayaraman, president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. "And I think we would be a very formidable team", said Trump at the time, according to The Washington Post.
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