It's unclear whether Trump watched Winfrey's Sunday speech, but the White House, reacting to the latest Oprah boomlet, said Monday that the administration would relish such a match-up. So, a few celebrities have changed to political careers. The wave of allegations prompted the so-called #MeToo movement, which encourages women to speak out about personal stories involving sexual harassment and abuse.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted that Winfrey, like Trump, lacks any kind of governing experience. "I'd love to have Oprah", he said, adding "I think we'd win easily, actually".
Trump on Monday, speaking to a national convention of farmers in Tennessee, did not mention Winfrey's name or make any reference to his re-election campaign. If she wanted this sort of deafening political buzz to stop, she could stop it with a single issued statement - something Shermanesque like, "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve".
One of her favorite guests has been Dr. Christiane Northrup, who "has written about how she has used Tarot cards to help diagnose her own illnesses". A Trump-Oprah ticket would be "very formidable", said Trump in a 1999 interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews.
Winfrey has previously said she has no interest in running for office and King said she believed her friend's position was unchanged.
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She invited Suzanne Somers onto her show to peddle hormone injections and an absurd vitamin regimen. "Today, with so many people being so skeptical or cynical of what they see, hear and read in journalism, the cleaner we can keep the lines between journalists and politicians the better". "I also know after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have a right to change your mind". I don't think she's going to run. Winfrey even picked up her first endorsement in Meryl Streep, who toldThe Washington Post, "She launched a rocket tonight".
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King, however, suggested Winfrey was nowhere near that.
But as appealing as a 2020 battle of the media titans might seem, it could also put us closer to the nightmare envisioned by Neil Postman in his 1985 classic "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business".
"She had that room in her hands".
Perfecting her personal appeal is not the challenge for Winfrey.
The social media reaction to Winfrey's speech provides some data for a timely thought experiment: Is American ready for its second president in a row who excels at mass-market television? She's too good for that.