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Hype Continues Over Oprah's Speech and Possible Run for President
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12 Jan 2018 12:53 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Oprah Winfrey (Image Source: vargas2040 via Wikimedia Commons)

This is a story that just isn't going away, assumedly much to Donald Trump's dismay.

Trump is not the only TV star to eye a move to the White House. While he did it successfully in 2016, after Oprah Winfrey's powerful speech at the Golden Globe Awards, she's being urged to run in 2020, and those close to her are saying she's considering it.

Sure, it started out Sunday night as a joke from host Seth Meyers. He noted he'd made jokes in 2011 about Trump being unqualified to be president, with some saying that was what convinced him to run. So now the TV host did the same to Winfrey, saying she didn't have what it takes to be president.

She then gave a very powerful, moving speech that centered around equality and the #MeToo movement. Her audience was awestruck, and people were soon connecting Meyers' words to Winfrey's presidential-sounding speech.

And now a couple days later, people are still talking about that speech. The hype is not going away. Even Ivanka Trump touted the speech as "empowering" and "inspiring."

"Just saw @Oprah's empowering & inspiring speech at last night's #GoldenGlobes. Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP! #United," she tweeted.

But not everyone felt the first daughter should be complimenting someone who issued a speech aimed at the #MeToo crowd after her dad was accused of the same things but nothing was done about it.

Her brother Donald Jr. just couldn't do the same. NBC tweeted a GIF of Winfrey and captioned it, "Nothing but respect for OUR future president."

Trump Jr. retweeted it and replied, "in case anyone had any doubts about where the media stands, this should take care of it. The bias against @realDonaldTrump is now so obvious they have simply given up hiding it. Can you trust anything they say at this point?"

NBC removed the tweet and said it had been sent out by a third-party agency during the live broadcast. They stated it was meant to be a joke based on Meyers' monologue, not a political statement.

But according to Winfrey's inner circle this isn't just a joke to her. Stedman Graham, who has been with her for decades, chipped in his two cents.

"It's up to the people," he said. "She would absolutely do it."

Best friend Gayle King added a similar opinion, stating that her BFF is "intrigued by the idea" of a 2020 run for president.

Yet, she also said at her regular post as co-host of CBS This Morning that the speech wasn't meant to be a "launching pad" for a campaign.

"I don't think at this point she is actually considering it," she said, while also allowing, "I also know, after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind."

But this whole thing seems to have legs of its own. King added that Winfrey "loves this country and would like to be of service in some way" and that her friends are encouraging her to run and are offering to help.

If she wasn't already considering it, she just may be after being baited by the sitting president. He doesn't think she'll run, but if she does, he thinks he'd beat her.

In the end, he doesn't think Winfrey will really run but believes campaigning against her "would be a lot of fun." He also reminded everyone that he knows her "very well" and even appeared on one of her final shows.

Between the overwhelming public response, the support of her circle, and being baited by Trump, it seems we haven't heard the last of this possible presidential run by Winfrey.

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