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Donald Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in 2020 if she runs

Joseph McCormick January 9, 2018
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President Trump has said he would beat Oprah Winfrey if she ran in the 2020 Presidential election.

Speaking to reporters at a meeting to discuss immigration reforms, the President said: “Yeah I’ll beat Oprah”.

Going on he said campaigning against her would be “a lot of fun”.

He added: “I did one of her last shows. Her last week. She had Donald Trump and my family.”

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“I like Oprah but I don’t think she’s going to run. I don’t think she’s going to run. I knew her very well,” he added.

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And ironically, Trump previously said if he were to run for President that he would have chosen Oprah as his running mate.


“Oprah. I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice,” he told Larry King back in 1999.

Oprah Winfrey earlier this week said she is considering running for US president.

The news comes after Winfrey was widely praised for her speech on gender equality to the 75th Golden Globe awards.

Fans and allies have speculated on whether she would run for the top job in recent years, but Winfrey herself has always been reluctant to say.

Oprah Winfrey in Sydney, 2015
(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Now two of her closest friends have spoken to CNN about her ambitions for the first time.

The friends – speaking anonymously with the news outlet – revealed Winfrey is “actively thinking” about running for president in 2020.

Some of Winfrey’s confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.

The friends also revealed that a presidential run is not a recent idea, and the OWN TV channel boss had been considering a run for several months.

Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Winfrey, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

During Clinton’s campaign, she discussed the prospect of a female president and said “America, it’s about time that we made that decision.”

In 2017 she confessed that her view of the presidency was evolving in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory.

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey on November 20, 2013 (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Winfrey added that she had always thought the job would require far more experience than she had – but has recently changed her mind.

“It’s clear you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States”, she said.

“That’s what I thought,” she continued. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.'”

Last night the media mogul spoke out as she became the first African-American woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

The honorary award is given to performers for their “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” at the annual movie and television awards show.

Addressing the glitzy awards show, Winfrey said: “It’s not lost on me that at this moment, there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to receive this award”.

The TV and movie star also praised the work of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“We all know that the press is under siege at the moment,” Winfrey said.

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“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before.

“Which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.

“I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”

More: 2020, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, presidential race, US

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