Oprah Winfrey Explains Why She Won’t Run for President in 2020: ‘It Would Kill Me’


We know how Winfrey got herself in the political spotlight after her inspiring speech at the Golden Globes in January, with some speculating that she might run for office in 2020.


However, in a new interview with British Vogue, Winfrey, explains why she’s not interested in entering politics.

“In that political structure ― all the non-truths, the bulls–t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on ― I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey says. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.

Even her best friend Gayle King once urged her to take the possibility of running for president seriously

“That many people saying something made me think, ‘Am I at least supposed to look at the question?’ ” Winfrey said at the time.

In her British Vogue interview, Winfrey also talks about her continued support for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements against sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation.

“People talk about ‘these are such dark times,’ but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” Winfrey said. “I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”


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