One of the highlights of the Golden Globes — and I’m using the word “highlights” very loosely here — was what many are calling Oprah’s stump speech. Between that and a since deleted tweet by NBC calling her “our president,” rumors have flared…but Trump ain’t scared.
According to the Washington Times, the White House weighed in on the rumors — or desperate hope for some — that Oprah may be running in 2020, and said that Trump isn’t worried about any presidential bids from the queen of daytime television:
Responding to a clamor on the left for Ms. Winfrey to run for president in 2020 after her passionate speech at the Golden Globes, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said President Trump isn’t concerned about any challengers on the horizon.
“We welcome all comers,” Mr. Gidley said. “We welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else.”
He said candidates in 2020 will be facing a tough incumbent in Mr. Trump.
Mr. Gidley said, “Regardless of who’s on the ballot, regardless who decides to run against this president, they are going to have to face a president who has record-setting achievements in record-setting time, whether it’s an economy that is booming, job creation, historic tax cuts and tax reform when that hadn’t been touched in 30 years, an increase in wages, an absolute decimation of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
While Mr. Gidley’s point about Trump’s accomplishments working for him is solid, 2016 proved that nothing is more powerful than a good show. It’s what got Trump elected.
If Oprah does run, we’ll have two media giants who know a thing or two about putting on a show running against one another. Trump’s biggest problem will be the fact that the vast majority of people actually like Oprah, and she has some serious cred in the general public’s memory. If she does run, it’s likely that Trump will have a hard fight on his hands.
That’s IF she runs, but last night wasn’t the first time she’s given people some hope that she’ll try to attain the Oval Office. Oprah tweeted back in Sept. 2017 an article labeling her as the Democrats best hope, thanking John Podhertz for his “vote of confidence.”