Oprah 2020 is officially a no go.
Oprah Winfrey has just broken our hearts and shattered our dreams. In a new interview with InStyle magazine, she has confirmed she has no interest in running for president in 2020 because she doesn’t have “the DNA” for it.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey said. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
In the cover story published Thursday, she recalls how her best friend, Gayle King, an anchor at CBS This Morning, would text her messages from people encouraging her to run.
“Gayle … 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,’” she told the magazine. “I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
Speculation that that she would run against Trump exploded after she gave an empowering speech at the Golden Globes earlier this month addressing the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement against female sexual harassment and assault.
When asked about a possible challenge by Winfrey, President Donald Trump replied, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah.”
He went on to say that she “will be a lot of fun,” that he knows her “very well” and that he once appeared on her television show. Trump added, “I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump — this is before politics — her last week and she had Donald Trump and my family, it was very nice.”
Part of us is happy she won’t be running. We love her so much and we know that alt-right trolls would come for her. While an Oprah 2020 presidency is the stuff dreams are made of, we like our Oprah just the way she is.
Featured image by Phil Poynter for ‘InStyle’