Gayle King: Oprah isn't running for president, except if she is

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"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah", President Donald Trump replied Tuesday when asked about a potential 2020 campaign against media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who has been garnering buzz to make a run at the White House.

The president added that he liked her, "but I don't think she's going to run".

"She lived, as we all have lived, too many in a culture broken by brutally powerful men", Winfrey said. She had Donald Trump and my family. What's missing? Experience in government, a demonstrated grasp of public policy, political skills, including the ability to negotiate and compromise across partisan and global lines, and, most of all, a desire to serve. She supported both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and amid the 2016 election drama, Donald Trump had suggested she ought to be his running mate - a suggestion she did not appear to take seriously.

Trump vs. Oprah? The president says it'd be fun, unlikely, and the result would be a foregone conclusion.

Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as odd as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.

She was "raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road, coming home from church", Winfrey told the audience.

Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race.

"She could hold a front against hatred in this country".

She ended with an impassioned call for the day when no one would ever say #MeToo.

Still, while some Democrats would embrace Winfrey's outsider-celebrity status as the party's answer to Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted that Winfrey, like Trump, lacks any kind of experience in government.

Turning the aftermath of a Hollywood sex scandal into a cry for justice for all, her speech was a powerfully written piece of political rhetoric masterfully delivered: Winfrey, as the tribute video pointed out, is not only a television host but has on several occasions proved herself a highly effective actress in such films as The Color Purple and Beloved. "But I don't think she's actively considering it at this time".

Oprah's presidential history also extends to the previous administration.

"She's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman", he said at the time.

"I'm just trying to learn as much as I can", Johnson said. "I don't think she's going to run".

The incident was eventually reported to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who gave the case to Rosa Parks, the activist and civil rights icon best known for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in 1955. Actually, there's a pretty good chance it's not.