Oprah Winfrey has ruled out running for US President in 2020 after fans called on her to stand against Donald Trump following her rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month.
As she picked up the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, the 63-year-old entertainment icon delivered a speech that touched on the struggle for civil rights in America and the sexual harassment scandal that has rocked Hollywood in recent months.
Discussing the latter topic, Winfrey told the crowd: “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon.
“And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
But an interview with InStyle magazine, which she gave three weeks before the Golden Globes, has now surfaced in which she said the presidency was “not something that interests me”.
“I actually saw a mug the other day,” she told the publication, when asked about the twitter trend #Oprah2020.
“I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt. I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
Following her speech at the Golden Globes, TV anchor David Shuster previously said: “A new day is on the horizon…”. @Oprah speech at
#GoldenGlobes2018 was a tour de force. It underscores why so many political pros believe Oprah, if she ran, would easily become America’s first woman President. And it wouldn’t matter who the opponent is… #Oprah2020.”
The speculation over a presidential run was also heightened by Oprah’s longtime partner Stedman Graham, who refused to rule out the prospect when approached by the Los Angeles Times at the ceremony.
“It’s up to the people”, he admitted. “She would absolutely do it.”