"I think lessons we all learned from watching Hillary's run, and how her ambition was unfavorably and unfairly viewed, coupled with Oprah's existing popularity, could give Oprah a strong start", Palmieri said. "But we know the secrets about Oprah Winfrey that they don't want you to know".
A spokesperson for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on her intentions.
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 odd as it once seemed, given the NY real estate mogul and reality TV star now in the White House. But Winfrey also mentions the sexual harassment problem as one that "transcends" culture, geography and the workplace: "All the women who've endured years of abuse, they like my mother had children to feed, bills to pay and dreams to pursue".
She was "raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road, coming home from church", Winfrey told the audience.
Winfrey, 63, received a lifetime achievement award at NBC's Golden Globes ceremony, becoming the first black woman to receive that award.
Washington Post journalist Jennifer Rubin wrote: "This is the most hypocritical, clueless statement in her regrettable time in the WH".
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"Oprah, don't do it" advised a New York Times editorial, calling it a "terrible idea" that would show how far celebrity and ratings have repudiated experience and expertise.
"Yeah, I'll beat Oprah", he told reporters in the the Cabinet Room during a meeting on immigration with members of Congress.
In the true fashion of a politician considering a run, she's played coy on the subject in the past (using the word "Never!" multiple times), but Winfrey's impassioned remarks on the #MeToo movement and forward-looking tone didn't do much to put rest to the rumors that she could put her hat in the 2020 ring. "Will she run for president?" But presidential elections tend to be personality driven, and that could work in Winfrey's favor.
Trump himself has lavished praise on Winfrey over the years, including in 2015, when he said that he would consider her as a running mate on his Republican ticket.
A majority of voters, 52%,-said they viewed her favorably, including a whopping 72% favorable vs. 7% unfavorable rating among Democratic voters, an optimistic sign for a potential Democratic primary. "There'll be no running for office of any kind for me", she told CBS in October.
"He is nothing but supportive, he would never just throw it out there like that", King said. Actually, there's a pretty good chance it's not.