Oprah Winfrey, 63 is “actively thinking” about running for US president in 2020. CNN reports Oprah’s long-time partner Stedman Graham said the TV legend would “absolutely” run for president in the wake of a volatile year of leadership under Donald Trump.
Fans are urging the former talk show host to run for president after she took to the stage at the Golden Globes on Sunday with a inspirational speech. Oprah accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and had the audience in tears as she shared her hope for a society where “nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too,’ again.”
“I want all the girls watching here and 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.”
Actress Meryl Streep, told The Washington Post, “Oprah launched a rocket tonight. I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention of declaring. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”
The speech immediately caused a frenzy on social media. Stars including Lady Gaga and Reece Witherspoon took to social media to support Oprah.
Actress Witherspoon, who presented Oprah with her award, wrote on Twitter, “I will now officially divide time like this: ‘Everything that happened before Oprah speech: Everything that will happen after.’”
One user said, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let this happen,” while another said, “Not at all surprised #Oprah2020 is trending.”
Stars from across the world pledged to wear black on the Globes red carpet this year in support of the Time’s Up campaign against sexual harassment.
In recent years, Oprah supported Barack Obama when he was seeking to become the first black US president in 2008 and also backed Hillary Clinton in her 2016 campaign against Trump.
Oprah, raised in poverty by a single mother, went on to host the top-rated talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years before stepping down in 2011 to focus full-time on her production company Harpo Productions.