Trump thinks he can beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential face-off

Faith Castro
January 10, 2018

Oprah would be a lot of fun.

Oprah Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, is downplaying any suggestion that Winfrey might run for president. "I think we'd win easily", he said.

King, a CBS host, says that Winfrey is "intrigued by the idea" of a presidential bid in 2020, but that after a long conversation with her friend the night before, she doesn't see it happening.

Trump appeared on Winfrey's long-running talk show in 1988 and again with his family in 2011, during her final season.

Trump did appear on Oprah's show in 1988 prior to entering political life and, rather famously, once said it was unlikely that he'd ever run for president while complaining about Asian economies overtaking the US economy.

Trump, then in his early 50's and campaigning in the presidential race of 2000, said Oprah would "always be his first choice" for vice president.

"I absolutely don't think her position has changed, I don't", King said of Winfrey, who has previously denied a desire to run for office.

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In that same year, he also tweeted that he "adored" Oprah.

In 1999, Trump even said Winfrey would be his top pick for a vice presidential running mate.

Oprah Winfrey told young girls that "a new day is on the horizon" when nobody will be a victim of sexual violence as she collected an honorary prize at the Golden Globes.

Asked about all the presidential speculation suddenly swirling around Winfrey, the typically pugilistic Trump steered clear of nasty nicknames and colorful insults while sizing up such a potential celebrity showdown.

Further, she and other A list celebrities brought with them activists for gender based violence and racial injustice such as #MeToo founder, Tarana burke who started the worldwide hashtag movement that urged women to speak up against sexual harassment and abuse.

Winfrey was a strong supporter of former President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and she endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In fact, Winfrey told Bloomberg last March that Trump's election inspired her to consider the possibility. Let's all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP! She's somebody that's very special.

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