Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes speech sparks talk of 2020 presidential bid

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey speaks after accepting the Cecil B. Demille Award. (Reuters/Paul Drinkwater)

Oprah Winfrey’s powerful speech during the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards is causing some buzz among Democratic Party activists, with the possibility of the superstar taking a shot at the 2020 presidential race being floated around.

For many Democrats, and the large percentage of the public who are unhappy with the performance of Donald Trump as president, the idea of a popular media personality running for president is no longer as impossible as it used to be, given that Trump was a businessman and television personality before he was propelled by the Republicans to a presidential bet.

“Look, it’s ridiculous, and I get that,” said Brad Anderson, who led Barack Obama’s 2012 Iowa campaign. “At the same time, politics is ridiculous right now.”

Winfrey’s delivered her stirring speech on Sunday when she was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. The media superstar received thunderous applause and cheers from celebrities and media personalities attending the event, as she delivered a speech that centered on women empowerment and recent the downfall of powerful male figures in Hollywood due to the revelation of decades of sexual harassment against women.

Winfrey shared a message of appreciation for the women who became part of the “Me Too” movement that has swept Hollywood in the past months. She also urged everyone to hold on to hope for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights.”

For people who support Winfrey’s possible run at the presidency, her call for hope, “A new day is on the horizon,” can double as a campaign rallying cry.

Seth Myers, who hosted the Golden Globes, planted the seed for Winfrey’s presidential bid during his opening monologue. He shared that his past criticism of Trump’s qualifications for presidency was allegedly what convinced him to run for president. This time, Myers used his reverse psychology on Winfrey, saying she will never be president.

After the event, a number of celebrities have gone on to social media in support of Winfrey’s possible presidential campaign, including actress Meryl Streep, Sarah Silverman, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Gilman, and Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham.