Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race, while one of Winfrey's closest friends said the media mogul and actor was "intrigued" by the possibility of running but was not considering it now.
"I like Oprah. I don't think she's going to run", Trump said.
Ironically, the ascension of Mr Trump to the White House - the first President in modern history without either governing or military experience - may have made it easier for Ms Winfrey to run. She had me and my family.
President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka is endorsing Oprah Winfrey's message, if not a political future, in a recent tweet.
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Alex Jones, the nutritional supplement salesman who leads the Infowars outlet, and Gavin McInnes, who hosts a show on CRTV and leads the weird "Proud Boys" club, reacted to media speculation about whether Oprah Winfrey would run for president by claiming that Winfrey is a lesbian who helped, and sometimes participated in, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults on women.
Actress Alyssa Milano and others quickly chimed in, pointing out that Ivanka Trump's tweet doesn't mention that her father faces accusations of sexual misconduct by several women. Her longtime partner suggested that she could be persuaded.
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In fact, sources close to Oprah have shared that she is "actively thinking" about running during the 2020 election . From "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to her films and book club selections, Winfrey has promoted inspiration and unity.
"She lived, as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by the brutally powerful men", she said. The person emphasised that the star had not made up her mind about running. She then added, "I was up talking to her late last night". "I like Oprah", Trump told ABC News in June 2015.
"His tie was white and of course his skin was black and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that", she said.
Like Trump, Winfrey would approach the electorate as a billionaire media celebrity with an intense following. But presidential elections tend to be personality driven, and that could work in Winfrey's favor.
But she was definitive about her own lack of interest in the job in October when her best friend and CBS This Morning host, Gayle King, joked about the idea on the show.
Winfrey campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2008 and later in 2016 for Hillary Clinton, calling her candidacy a "seminal moment for women".
Jones said many Americans are concerned about growing hatred and intolerance and Winfrey could bring a "values-based front for inclusion and tolerance" to the country.
"She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman", he said at the time. "It'd be a pretty good ticket".