Ever since the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey has been denying that she has any intention of running for the presidency in 2020. Earlier this year, after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award, Winfrey gave a rousing speech which touched on race, corruption, and the #MeToo movement. Her speech was so brilliant, there was immediate speculation that Winfrey was planning to run. It appears that the mere possibility of facing Oprah in an election has terrified President Donald Trump.
Just after Winfrey moderated a panel-style discussion with Michigan voters for a segment on “60 Minutes”, Trump unleashed his vitriol on Twitter, saying that the whole segment was “biased” and that the facts were incorrect. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Winfrey denied the president’s allegations.
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
Winfrey went on to explain the great lengths that were taken by herself and by staff researchers at “60 Minutes” to make sure that the segment was indeed fair and balanced. She admitted that after seeing Trump’s tweet, she went back and re-watched the segment, with the show’s producers, just to see if any of Trump’s accusations could be justified. She told DeGeneres:
“When you do ’60 Minutes,′ you sit in a room with at least seven other people who critique the piece before you air it…So, they critique every word and is this fair – you have this whole panel of people looking at whether it was fair…I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about, so, it’s okay.”