Oprah 2020? Following Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, Stedman Graham says she’d ‘absolutely’ do it

Oprah 2020? Following Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech, Stedman Graham says she’d ‘absolutely’ do it
Oprah Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham says that Winfrey would "absolutely" run for president in 2020. Bloomberg asked Winfrey what she thought about a 2020 presidential bid, and Winfrey answered, "I don't. I don't." (Getty Images)

Oprah Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham said Sunday night that Winfrey would “absolutely” run for president in 2020, but it would be “up to the people.”

What exactly did Graham say?

After the 75th Golden Globes ceremony, Graham — in attendance with Winfrey, who earlier in the evening accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement — spoke to reporters backstage about a possible Winfrey run in 2020.

Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the award kicked off a call for her candidacy on social media almost immediately after she delivered it, and the cry for “Oprah 2020” only gathered momentum as the evening progressed.

“It’s up to the people,” Graham told the Los Angeles Times about a Winfrey run. “She would absolutely do it.”

What sparked Graham’s comments?

Winfrey heavily focused her acceptance speech on the #MeToo movement.

The 63-year-old billionaire’s speech promised that a “new day was on the horizon” for women as a result of the #MeToo movement and promised that gender equality would be reached. Winfrey also lauded the media and the importance of honest reporting.

“We all know that the press is under siege these days,” Winfrey said during her speech. “But we also know that it is the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before, as we try to navigate these complicated times.”

You can read Winfrey’s 9-minute speech in its entirety here.

Winfrey is the first black woman to receive the award.

Did Oprah herself respond?

Winfrey, in a brief backstage comment to Bloomberg, addressed social media’s call for “Oprah 2020,” which was making the rounds on social media Sunday night.

Bloomberg asked Winfrey what she thought about a 2020 presidential bid, and Winfrey answered, “I don’t. I don’t.”

What have others said about a Winfrey bid?

CNN on Monday reported that “two friends” of Winfrey’s said that the entertainer and businesswoman is “actively thinking” about a 2020 presidential bid.

Actress Meryl Streep, who accepted last year’s Cecil B. DeMille award and gave a politically charged speech of her own, told the Washington Post on Sunday that Winfrey “doesn’t have a choice” in running — not after her moving speech.

“[Oprah] launched a rocket tonight,” Streep told the publication. “I want her to run for president. I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn’t have a choice.”

Additionally, NBC’s official Twitter account on Sunday night tweeted that Winfrey was “our future president.”

“Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” the network wrote.

NBC on Monday deleted the above-referenced tweet, noting that the message was sent by a “third-party agency” for NBC Entertainment.

“Yesterday a tweet about the Golden Globes and Oprah Winfrey was sent by a third party agency for NBC Entertainment in real time during the broadcast,” the network tweeted on Monday. “It is in reference to a joke made during the monologue and not meant to be a political statement. We have since removed the tweet.”

Gayle King, one of Winfrey’s closest friends, told “CBS This Morning” in March, however, that a Winfrey run was off the table.

Pointing to a comment Winfrey made during a March interview with Bloomberg’s David Rubenstein after President Donald Trump took office, which joked about a possible presidential run, King said that she would bet her “first, second-born, and any unborn children to come” that a Winfrey run wouldn’t happen.

“It was clearly a joke,” King said. “That ain’t never happening.”

September saw the rumors re-emerge after Winfrey retweeted a New York Post piece that lauded the media mogul as the “Democrats’ best hope.”

“Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!” Winfrey wrote in response to the column’s author, John Podhoretz.

Podhoretz on Sunday was also one of the many who tweeted about Winfrey’s speech.

“She would eat. Trump. Alive,” he wrote, later adding, “She. Is. Running.”

How politically active has Winfrey been?

Winfrey publicly endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

“Regardless of your politics, it’s a seminal moment for women,” Winfrey told ET in 2016. “What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went ‘boom.’ It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world.”

Winfrey also endorsed Barack Obama during his first presidential run in 2007.

A March Public Policy Polling Survey reported that Winfrey — a longtime liberal favorite — had a 7-point lead over Trump in a hypothetical 2020 race:

Reports have conflicted on whether she’s really interested, but for what it’s worth, Oprah Winfrey has a 49/33 favorability rating nationally and would lead Donald Trump 47-40 in a hypothetical 2020 Presidential contest.

And another March poll, this one from Zogby, showed Winfrey with a 10-point lead over Trump.

Zogby reported that Winfrey would win among demographics that are typical Democratic strongholds, as well as with two groups that helped elect Trump in 2016: independents and workers without a college degree.

The data concluded that Winfrey would win in a theoretical 2020 matchup against Trump 46 percent to 36 percent, with 18 percent “unsure” of who they’d vote for.

Among younger voters, aged 18-24, Winfrey would win with 55 percent. She would also win among women, (54 percent), African-Americans (76 percent), Hispanics (58 percent), and Asians (53 percent). Zogby’s poll also revealed that she would win a plurality among independents (41 percent) and workers with no college degree (42 percent).

The report noted that Trump had an advantage among voters 65 and older, rural voters, married voters, white voters, and men.

Anything else?

Winfrey in 1988 interviewed Trump about a possible presidential run.

He said it probably wouldn’t happen, too.

“I just probably wouldn’t do it, Oprah, but I do get tired of seeing what’s happening with this country,” Trump said.  “And if it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally.”