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Oprah Winfrey On Why She’s Not Running for President: ‘It Would Kill Me’

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Remember that much talked about speech Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year? 

It received so much attention that people asked her to run against Donald Trump in the next election.

At first, she didn’t respond to the president chatter, and her silence only made people talk about it more. And her longtime partner Stedman Graham didn’t help quiet things when he said Winfrey might be interested in the job. 

“It’s up to the people,” he told the Los Angeles times in January. “She would absolutely do it.”

But Winfrey shot down the idea during a conversation with her friend Gayle on “CBS This Morning” and said “There will be no running of office of any kind for me.”

Now, several months later, the 64-year-old doubled down on that statement and explained why she’s not interested in taking on Trump in the next election.

“In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls–t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist,” she said. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.”

Winfrey then talked about the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and how they’ve shifted social norms. 

Of course, both movements were sparked by the many stories of sexual misconduct, and Winfrey said although those claims are horrible, they’re forcing things to change. 

“People talk about ‘These are such dark times,’ but what if we shift the paradigm?” she asked. “Because I see it differently. I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”

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