So why should Oprah give the presidency a shot? Here are a few reasons.
#1 Powerful influence
Despite her minimal political background, Vox noted that Oprah’s star power is “unmatched.” She’s a well-known household name everywhere, and “appeals to a number of coalitions vital to Democratic success—women, African Americans, perhaps young people.” If she wins, she’ll definitely use her influence to rally for policies that’ll benefit the marginalized. This is an important matter since Trump has made it difficult for women and immigrants ever since he took office.
#2 Positive change
Vice reported that compared to most celebrities, Oprah has done more to make a change. In the ’90s, she helped lobby for the National Child Protection Act, also known as the “Oprah Bill.” This includes a database of known sexual abusers and child predators.
Barack Obama’s former campaign manager Jim Messina also said that Oprah would be the perfect candidate for 2020. “She should consider running. Both President Obama and President Trump won in part by being perceived as non-typical candidates who could change politics,” he told Politico. “To beat Trump in 2020, Democrats will need a candidate who can unite the party, stand up to Trump’s attacks, and rise above petty politics.”
#3 You’ll actually listen to her speeches
Just imagine the relief you’ll feel if Oprah stood at the podium and said a meaningful piece like her Golden Globes speech. No more mention of “fake news,” provoking North Korea, and fighting with whoever disagrees with him. Trump will feel like nothing more than a passing nightmare.
#4 An inspiration for women
Once the era of a misogynistic president ends, don’t you think it’s time for a female president to stand up for women everywhere? (America almost got their first woman-president if the Electoral College didn’t mess things up.) Independent UKwriter Jessica Morgan emphasized that Oprah is far better than Trump who acts like “a petulant child.” She wrote, “It’s about time we had a strong, independent and intelligent woman leading the way and encouraging young women like me to follow suit.”
#5 A favorable choice for the Democratic party
A 2017 Quinnipiac University poll found that 52 percent of American voters, including 72 percent of Democratic party members, would consider voting for Oprah. That’s an impressive number and a slight hint that the Democrats should let her run in 2020. Because why not, right?