I love Oprah. She is a voice of wisdom for millions seeking answers to life’s questions of purpose and meaning. Through her repeated endorsements, Oprah introduced me to Eckhart Tolle, the inspiring author of A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose. As an ex-Mormon, I appreciated the work of O Magazine’s writer Martha Beck, a prominent ex-Mormon and sociologist. Oprah is also a spiritual confidante of Deepak Chopra, a friend and repeat guest on our Bold TV network.
Oprah is an inspiring entrepreneur and trailblazing woman who shattered all barriers of color and gender to become a self-made billionaire through her gift of connection and storytelling. She is an undeniable force for many good things.
Last night, Oprah’s rousing Golden Globe speech ignited talk of whether she might run against President Trump in 2020. If this happened, she’d likely run as a Democrat. She would clearly be a formidable opponent against a fellow media mogul and cultural icon. Her defense of women last night was moving and powerful.
Though I love many of Oprah’s cultural contributions, if she were to run for president, right now I would support the incumbent, Trump. Though I opposed Trump in 2016 (and also opposed Hillary Clinton, choosing to write in Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb) as a protest vote), I have seen him deliver on key policies that are moving our country forward. He hasn’t been perfect, but I have seen him learning and growing in office, and I believe he’ll continue to learn and grow. And Trump has been absolutely right that the national media, contrary to Oprah’s speech last night, has been mistreating conservatives for decades.
My biggest concern about the prospect of a President Winfrey would be that she’d continue what former President Barack Obama did for eight years. Those eight years culminated in a fraught and divisive conclusion that brought us a fractured 2016 electorate. The way we move beyond Obama is not through Obama 2.0, it’s through comprehending and alleviating the problems that Obama created.
Oprah was a key influencer in Obama’s 2008 victory, with some estimates putting her influence at a million votes in the Democratic primary. Though she has spoken out against recent racial divisiveness, we have yet to see Oprah putting significant daylight between herself and Obama. If she doesn’t, then the Democratic Party would continue to flounder, as it did in a prior age, until Bill Clinton moved his party to the center. We have yet to see an Oprah policy agenda that would actually unify the country, truly alleviate poverty, protect American interests abroad and continue our economic success. Until we see that, it’s difficult to imagine that a Trump vs. Oprah 2020 matchup would yield more light than heat.
RELATED: Below is an interesting video exchange between Oprah and Trump in 1988 on politics and running for the presidency. Decades later, Trump’s message on trade and foreign policy is consistent:
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Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.