The Real Reason Oprah Winfrey Says a Presidential Run in 2020 Would Kill Her

If you’re curious about who is running for president in 2020, you can take your bets off Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul recently posed for the cover of British Vogue’s August 2018 issue and, in an accompanying interview, revealed to editors why she’s not interested in a presidential run.

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Following her impactful Time’s Up-inspired speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, Winfrey’s fans took to social media to express their hope of an Oprah 2020 campaign. Her long-time partner, Stedman Graham even jumped on board and hinted at a possible presidential campaign.

Actress and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey poses with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 75th Golden Globe Awards

Oprah Winfrey says a 2020 presidential campaign would kill her. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

That said, nearly seven months after she claimed “a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey has finally put speculations to rest and revealed the real reason she won’t run for office in 2020 — or ever. “In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bullshit, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey told British Vogue of her decision. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me,” she added.

Despite this decision, the essence of her Golden Globes speech still lingers. And, while much of her speech touched on women’s rights and empowerment topics like the #MeToo movement, the overall theme was not just about standing up for yourself and others in the current political climate, it was about speaking your truth and advocating for the things that matter to you:

“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry, it’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.” – Oprah Winfrey, 2018 Golden Globes

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Oprah plans to continue using her platform to shed light on women’s empowerment. | Mike Windle/Getty Images

What’s next for Oprah?

If a presidential run is not in the cards for her, where will Winfrey focus her efforts? For starters, she plans to continue her work with Time’s Up and advocate for the #MeToo movement. “People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” she told editors at British Vogue. “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,” she concluded.

Instead of running for office in 2020, Winfrey has plans to continue to let her spirit guide her towards the light that is women’s empowerment. Working alongside some of Hollywood’s most elite actresses, she plans to use her platform in a way that best suits her and those who wish to see her as president.

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