The speech Oprah Winfrey at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards inspired millions of fans across America that she can run for the Presidency. The rumor whether Oprah Winfrey will run for president in 2020 has been put to rest. It is not her thing.
In an interview for the March issue of InStyle, Winfrey was asked how she felt about the prospect of what would have been a historic campaign to put a black woman in the White House. The interview was conducted three weeks before her speech at the Golden Globes, InStyle confirmed Thursday.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” she said. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
Just because Winfrey doesn’t have an interest in it doesn’t means she hasn’t been approached.
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign,” Winfrey said. “That’s not for me.”
“I actually saw a mug the other day … I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt,” she joked. “[BFF Gayle King] — who knows me as well as I know myself practically — has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?’ So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you — it would be good for everyone else.’ ”
Winfrey has repeatedly denied a desire to run for office in the past, and told CBS This Morning in Oct. 2017, “There will be no running for office of any kind for me.”
But interest in Winfrey’s possible presidential run swelled following her rousing Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, where she assured sexual predators that their “time is up.”
“I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon,” she said. “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 they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”