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Oprah 2020: Should Oprah Run For President?
Oprah could be an effective campaigner and win the presidency.
Trump would have a hard time campaigning against Oprah.
A Rasmussen poll on January 10, 2018, found that Oprah would defeat Trump by 10 points if the election had been held that day.
The prospect of a female African American president would activitate diversity-embracing voters.
Oprah could self-fund her campaign if needed, and could quickly create a powerful fundraising network of elites.
Donald Trump has shown us that TV celebrities can win the presidency.
Shaun King has
written on the intercept
that an ideal candidate to oppose Trump in the 2020 election must possess four things, and that Oprah does, in fact, possess those things.
Oprah's election might only stand as the antithesis to Trump. Where Trump is extreme right Winfrey would be extreme left, serving no other purpose.
Campaigning plays to the strengths of a show business persona. Oprah would be effective at it. But it doesn't imply that she would be a good president.
Her past association with a long term, known sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein,
and other less than stellar Hollywood types could be successfully used against her.
The likelihood of winning shouldn't be the main argument for running. It says nothing about possible consequences of Oprah presidency.