There are reports that Oprah is ‘actively thinking’ about running in 2020 for the US Presidency after her speech on gender equality prompted a standing ovation at the Golden Globes.
Media mogul and LGBT ally Oprah spoke out as she became the first African-American woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
That’s right, President Donald Trump’s daughter. And expectedly, Ivanka was swiftly slammed on twitter. Among the reactions was a tweet from political commentator Keith Olbermann: “Spoiler Alert: it was about your father.”
The Twitter exchanges have opened up a wider debate on the cult of celebrity versus political experience. With businessman-turned-TV celebrity Trump becoming an anti-LGBT President, some have concerns over celebrities being pitched as holders of political office.
“An understanding of the structure of our political system is important, though,” one person wrote. “Even Raegan was governor before he became president. I think we’ve learned our lesson about electing someone who has no idea how the system works.”
Another person agreed, writing: “Yes. And it’s a false choice that we must choose between experience and good leadership. There are people with both.”
Donald Trump, in response to the rumors about Oprah running for president, quickly went on the offensive.
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” he said, smugly, at a press gathering. “Oprah would be a lot of fun. I like Oprah.”
Trump went on to say that he doesn’t think “she’s gonna run” and insisted that he knows her “very well.”