- CNN political commentator Van Jones said Monday that if Oprah Winfrey ran for president she "would destroy anything in front of her".
According to The New York Times, two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the men despite one of them confessing, which was the case with many incidents involving black victims during the Jim Crow era in the South.
Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times that she "would absolutely do it" but added that "it's up to the people".
She was "raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road, coming home from church", Winfrey told the audience. She did so again on Sunday, after delivering a speech that promised "a new day" for women, saying "I don't", when asked by Bloomberg News if she had a plan to run. If she does, she'll have the chance to make her best argument for why she should be president.
Almost seven in 10 voters overall, including a majority of Democratic voters, said in the survey they didn't want Winfrey to run. "I mean, she's popular, she's brilliant, she's a wonderful woman", Trump told CNN's Larry King.
"I will never have to know the answer to that, because I will never run for public office", she said. "But now, she doesn't have a choice".
Politics has never been immune to other brands of magical thinking, and there are few more powerful ideas among voters than the notion that there's really nothing to being an officeholder, whether it's a member of Congress or the president.
Andy Cohen pointed out that Oprah doesn't have any political experience.
Even so, for Democrats in early voting states, and perhaps for a public that largely disapproves of President Donald Trump's job performance, the notion of a popular media figure as a presidential candidate is not as unusual as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House.
But there is little indication that the 63-year-old actually wants the job.
Becoming the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. De Mille lifetime achievement award, her speech wove together gender, poverty and race.
If you live under a rock, or like me were on a plane w/no wifi, and missed this @Oprah speech at @goldenglobes last night, watch it. People are begging her, please run, please run, please run.
"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men", Oprah said. "So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!".
Trump's kind words for Oprah are not new.