LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech at the Golden Globes has some fans and fellow celebrities calling for her to run for president.
And the CNN is reporting that the talk show superstar is “actively thinking” about jumping into the race, according to two of her close friends.
The unnamed friends told CNN that Winfrey’s confidants have been urging her to run. And one of the sources said the talk has been going on for months, but Winfrey has not decided whether she will take the plunge.
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The actress accepted the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s ceremony, and it didn’t take long for Twitter to start lighting up with the hashtag #Oprah2020.
Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted “Oprah/Michelle 2020.” Leslie Odom, Jr., who played Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” tweeted “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham tells the Los Angeles Times “it’s up to the people” whether she will be president, adding “she would absolutely do it.”
Winfrey brought the typically rowdy crowd to silence and tears with her speech.
She spoke of seeing Sidney Poitier win an Academy Award when she was a girl, and weaved it into the #MeToo movement.
If @Oprah ran for president in 2020, she is every person. She has been poor & now rich. She is also a self made Billionaire. She has a grasp of the issues as she used to cover local politics. She can articulate any issue and she has mass appeal beyond race & gender.— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 8, 2018
If @Oprah wants to run for President in 2020, the Democratic Party will be thrilled to have her. She skillfully played the male misconduct card, rallying women who feel marginalized, then pivoted into praising the press as protectors of the realm. https://t.co/WIvVSY6CYE— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) January 8, 2018