Why #Oprah2020 Is a Terrible Idea
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FEATURING NICOLE ASCHOFF – Oprah Winfrey’s powerful and moving acceptance speech at the Golden Globes last weekend immediately provoked calls for her to run for President. Coming just days after the release of Michael Wolff’s best-selling book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which left Americans with an even greater sense of collective disgust, perhaps Oprah’s speech offered just the kind of inspiring leadership a desperate population is looking for.
It turns out that a Republican man from Kansas who says he did not vote for Trump, had already begun the campaign to draft Oprah to run for President several months ago. And, Trump himself named Oprah as a potential running mate in 1999 on the Larry King Live show. Now, news reports are suggesting Oprah is seriously thinking about a run for the White House and Trump says he’d welcome the challenge.
Is running for the House, Senate or state Governer no longer a path to the White House? Are candidates expected to find television stardom and build a media empire in order to have Presidential aspirations?
Nicole Aschoff, a writer and sociologist and author of the 2015 book, The New Prophets of Capital. An excerpt from her book was published in the Guardian entitled, “Oprah Winfrey: one of the world’s best neoliberal capitalist thinkers”.