Oprah for President, Oprah 2020, HopeRah and other similar phrases have been circulating headlines this week all in light of Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes 2018 speech that spurred even more rumors about her potential presidential run in 2020.
Winfrey's inspiring "A new day is on the horizon" line has been pronounced the slogan of her supposed campaign and people are already making merchandise to express support for the unaffirmed candidate. Indeed, multiple sites including Redbubble, Teespring and Pizzaslime are selling Oprah 2020-inspired t-shirts, hoodies, hats, etc.
Whether it's an honest gesture of support or just a low-hanging fruit that's sure to generate some cash, the main question remains – how likely is Oprah to run for president in 2020?
Oprah vs. Trump: The Clash of the Titans
Reactions to Oprah's potential candidacy are varied, as is the legitimacy of her plans. While a CNN report citing two of her close friends claims she is "actively thinking" about it, Winfrey has said multiple times that it's not happening, including right after her Golden Globes speech on January 7.
To this day, no one really knows what's fueling the gossip and where Oprah truly stands herself.
Wanting to find out what Americans think of this maybe-maybe-not presidential run, Rasmussen Reports organized an impromptu poll to see who would be more likely to win – Oprah or Trump. After randomly surveying 1,000 voters, Rasmussen found Winfrey had a 48% favor rate while Trump was at 38% and 14% undecided.
Trump, in his usual fashion, said he doesn't believe Oprah will run and even if she did, he would beat her. Even famously liberal personalities like Seth McFarlane have expressed reservations about her presidency. The Family Guy creator tweeted: "Will there still be room for the likes of Kamala Harris or Maggie Hassan in the political future we're creating, or only Tom Hanks?"
Most recently, singer Seal took to social media to express his criticism of Winfrey accusing her of knowing and keeping quiet about Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconducts. He wrote on Instagram:
"Oh I forgot, that’s right.....you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young [sic] stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad."
Bottom line – maybe hold off on buying that Oprah 2020 merch and the circumstances are still very foggy and it might end up being money down the drain. Or, hey, get it and maybe one day you'll be able to auction it off for a nice lump of cash given Oprah Winfrey becomes America's first female + first black female president.
Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian. We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 10, 2018