Oprah Won't Run For President In 2020—Unless She Gets The Go Signal From Up Above
The media mogul and A Wrinkle In Time actress has been definitive in her decision to veer away from a political career despite a growing number of people declaring their support for her — but if God sends her a sign, she may just reconsider.
Talks about Oprah's possible bid for the presidency skyrocketed minutes after she delivered a rousing speech at the 2018 Golden Globes where she was honored her with the Cecil B DeMille Award. As one of the world's most influential African-Americans, and as a woman, at that, she delivered pointed words about the #MeToo movement that has rocked Hollywood to its core. The auditorium was brought to its feet — and to tears — after her nine-minute speech that focused on the end of an era of abuse and hypocrisy, and the beginning of a time of empowerment and fairness.
Unknown to her, her beautifully delivered words sounded more like a powerful political anthem than an acceptance speech for a personal achievement.
And as it seems, they were the words a divided America needed. The hashtags #OprahForPresident and #Oprah2020 became trending topics in the seconds Oprah left the stage and returned to her seat.
"It's a humbling thing to have people think that you can run the country. And I'm the kind of person who tries to listen to signs, like 'Well, am I supposed to run the country?' I don't think so!" responded Oprah when asked about her plans for politics in a recent interview with late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel.
Other celebrities, fans, and friends have repeatedly asked the philanthropist the same question, and all of them were given the same answer: she'll continue to inspire people, lead by example, and touch lives outside the White House.
Unless, of course, God sends her a sign she can't ignore, and only then will she (maybe) change her mind.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE Magazine, she shares, “I went into prayer. ‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”
Her statement came after she revealed that "billionaires" have called her up offering to fund her presidential run, while others have already committed to running her campaign, should she have one. The 64-year-old is known to be a supporter of the Democratic Party.
While she continues to wait for a sign from up above — and while her supporters wait for their own prayers to be answered — she leaves her audience with these words she shared in an interview with CBS News:
"I do feel that I have a responsibility, as a person who has a big voice in this country, to use it to promote justice and kindness and goodwill in the world. But it has never felt to me that that was supposed to be political."
The issue of Oprah's presidency continues to simmer with US election poll results released last month that showed 51% of Americans would vote for her in the country's next presidential elections, while only 42% said they would like to see Donald Trump run for a second term.
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