Undisputed queen of daytime talk television Oprah Winfrey may be pondering a run for the White House on 2020 — at least that’s what her response to a question about the possibility that she could be the woman to break the glass ceiling and become the first female president of the United States seems to suggest. But a day after the interview was released online, Gayle King threw cold water on the flurry of conjecture that followed Winfrey’s remarks. Winfrey appeared on Bloomberg’s The David Rubenstein Show for a wide-ranging discussion that eventually touched on whether she could or would mount a bid for president.
“Have you ever thought that given the popularity you have — we haven’t broken the glass ceiling yet for women — that you could actually run for president and actually be elected?” Rubenstein probed, prompting an enthusiastic round of applause from the live studio audience — and a deep breath, followed by a devilish smile from Winfrey.
“I actually never thought that that was — I never considered the question even a possibility,” she replied. “I just thought, “Oh! Oh!” She continued, saying, “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience.’ I don’t know enough. I don’t. And now I’m thinking, Oh! Oh!'” she said, referring to Trump’s election upset of Hillary Clinton. That’s really all she said, but it was enough for the audience, which responded with a round of approving applause, to eat it up. And Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report in a post on Twitter said a Trump-Winfrey showdown in 2020 “would be the most epic race in American history. MAKE IT HAPPEN.”
Winfrey just might be the ideal opponent for an individual like Trump, especially considering their history. Though Winfrey publicly backed Clinton in the 2016 race, days after the election upset, she faced a backlash for a tweet that told people to “take a deep breath!” And in 1998 Trump famously appeared on Winfrey’s daytime talk show and mused about the possibility of running for president one day. Eleven years later, Trump told Larry King in an interview that should he run for president, Winfrey would be his ideal running mate. “I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice,” Trump told King. “Your competitor. You know what? She really is a great woman, though, she is a terrific woman. She is somebody that’s very special.”
When King pressed Trump if he was serious about Winfrey, he replied, “If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. She’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman. I mean, if she’d ever do it, I don’t know that she’d ever do it. That would be a pretty good ticket.”
Almost sounds like he could be talking about the 2020 race. Watch the video of Oprah on Bloomberg below.
By Thursday morning, Gayle King, one of the hosts of CBS This Morning and Winfrey’s best friend, weighed in on the all of the speculation that was enthralling internet users. King said she was in the audience the day the interview was taped and “It was clearly a joke … that ain’t never happening.” King is so certain that Winfrey will never run for president she said she’d bet her first-born child that a White House bid is not in her pal’s future. “Nevah!” she added for emphasis. Watch the exchange below.
Watch the full interview at with Oprah at Bloomberg.