Oprah shuts down presidential rumors: ‘I don’t have the DNA for it’
In an interview with In Style, Winfrey explains why politics just isn't in the cards for her
Oprah Winfrey has finally put the 2020 presidential rumors to bed.
After weeks of the country losing its entire mind over the mere possibility, Winfrey has broke her silence on all the political fanfare.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me,” Winfrey tells In Style. “I don’t have the DNA for it.”
While she has no interest in going head-to-head with Donald Trump, Winfrey was tickled by the national hoopla.
‘All you need is a mug and campaign literature’
“I actually saw a mug the other day … I thought it was a cute mug. All you need is a mug and some campaign literature and a T-shirt,” she joked.
“Gayle—who knows me as well as I know myself practically—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.’
Still, some people just can’t seem to let the fantasy go. Winfrey also revealed that someone offered to help launch her campaign.
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”
A speech sparks a movement
Since she delivered her inspiring speech at the Golden Globes in January, the country began chanting for Winfrey to run for president in 2020.
While accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for Lifetime Achievement, Winfrey honored Recy Taylor and all the women who took a stand against sexual assault and inequality.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” Winfrey said.
“In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome,” she added.
“I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.”