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President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential election.
“Yeah I'll beat Oprah,” he said in response to a White House pool reporter asking if he thought he would win a race against her.
Speculation that Winfrey could run for president in 2020 was sparked by her epic Golden Globes speech on Sunday.
“Oprah will be lots of fun,” Trump said on Tuesday. “I did one of her last shows. I like Oprah.”
“I don’t think she’s going to run,” he added.
Winfrey made the speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award on Sunday. She was the first black woman to be awarded the prize.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “me too” again!” she said in the speech.
As for whether she is actually considering running for president, her answer to that question over the years has pretty consistently and clearly been that she's not—but on Sunday, asked directly by the L.A. Times, she was a little less direct:
But about that 2020 ticket …
Will Oprah consider a run for POTUS? She paused, cracking a sly smile. “Okaay!”
Here's the full speech:
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