WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has said that he does not think that Oprah Winfrey will run for president in 2020, but even if she does.. he would win hands down.
“Yeah, I’d beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun,” Trump said during a meeting at the White House, according to The Independent. “I don’t think she’s going to run,” he said.
Oprah has in the past said that she has no plans on running for elected office, but sources close to the celebrity have said since that awards speech that she is “actively considering” running for president against Trump in 2020.
Still, Oprah’s rousing speech served to kick-start one of the first 2020 news cycles so far.
Celebrities and pundits alike expressed interest in an Oprah 2020 run, noting that — unlike Trump — she is actually a self-made billionaire and that she already has near-ubiquitous name recognition in the country.
Still, others have noted that running for president could damage the media mogul. Those individuals note that approval ratings tend to crash immediately once an individual announces their intent to run for office, and point to her lack of legislating experience as a potential liability for her. After four years of Trump, they say, the United States public may want to elect a leader with legislative experience.
The enthusiasm for an Oprah candidacy illustrates the range of candidates who may eventually run against Trump. Oprah is one of many potential celebrity candidates who have been mentioned in recent months, a group that has included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and mark Cuba, a businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
But others point to Trump’s lack of experience, and the tumultuous first year of his presidency, as a good reason to look at the pool of experienced politicians to challenge Trump. Those candidates frequently mentioned include former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Corey Booker, and others. Several of those candidates have expressed at least some interest in the presidency, though none have expressly indicated that they would pursue the nation’s highest office.
Whatever the case, the 2020 candidates aren’t likely to officially announce runs until after the midterm elections later this year. That election could provide an invaluable insight into Trump’s vulnerabilities with the electorate, and is expected to be a tight race for Republicans to hold onto their dominance of Congress.