Since Republicans' landslide victories in November, the future of the Democratic Party has remained unclear. Does it rest in the hands of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or even an unexpected Steve Beshear? Consider this: The party's future could rest in Oprah Winfrey's hands, as "Oprah 2020" tweets and memes have gained traction online after Winfrey herself lent some credibility to the rumors.
In a Bloomberg segment that aired Wednesday, Winfrey did not deny the possibility of a 2020 presidential campaign. She seemed surprised by the question, but ready to answer, albeit vaguely. When asked if she would consider running for the White House, Winfrey's response was somewhere between a "yes" and a jab at President Trump's lack of government experience.
The thought of Winfrey's potential candidacy set the Twittersphere immediately abuzz. While plenty of supporters are ready to join the ranks of her campaign, some still see the media mogul's vague answer about the presidency as a joke. It may very well be a joke, but what if it's not? If the last year taught the country nothing else, let's remember to take powerful celebrities who want to run for president seriously.
On the real, let's all remember the last time we joked about a celebrity running for office #Oprah2020— Natalie Belle☇ (@actNATural11_) March 2, 2017
This is no joking matter.
I'm With Her
What are the chances Winfrey can snag the rights to that slogan?
Best American Life
Just in case "I'm with her" is off-limits.
Here For It
The campaign starts now.
Winfrey would likely have no trouble finding top-tier inauguration performers.
President Winfrey isn't too bad either.
If Oprah runs and wins, then she'll be President Oprah and we can call her Poprah as a fun nickname. #Oprah2020— Markis (@_MarkWithAnM) March 2, 2017
Can #Poprah be a thing?
Not Another Celebrity
George Clooney and Oprah's names are both being tossed around. Neither is qualified. Let's just focus on surviving Trump for now #Oprah2020— Kimbro13 (@kimbro1360) March 2, 2017
Granted, Winfrey and George Clooney would probably run the country very differently from Trump.
Kid Rock 2018
Yes, that is a real thing.
#Oprah2020 is ridiculous. A reality TV star could never be president. Oh, wait, never mind.— Michael Blackman (@ParaComedian09) March 2, 2017
America: *cringes because it's true*
You Get A Car
TBH, I would not mind a presidential round of "Oprah's favorite things."
Welcome to Oprahcare.
Winfrey may win on the premise of free stuff alone.
End Homelessness And Poverty
If Oprah became president she would most certainly end homelessness and poverty in this country. #Oprah2020— T B (@ohmsbeasley) March 2, 2017
It seems like Winfrey's platform is ready to go.
Secretary Of Bread
If Oprah becomes president, can I be secretary of bread?— K. (@kittykaresless) March 2, 2017
Winfrey will love you, because she loves bread.
I'm all for #Oprah2020 if she hands out stimulus packages like she does gifts. 💸💰— @LAIDEKREEP067 (@LAIDEKREEP067) March 2, 2017
What's going to be under my seat at the inauguration?
Please Please Please
Let Oprah lead the way.
Okay I am all about a Michelle Obama/Oprah ticket. But Oprah is the VP. #Oprah2020— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 2, 2017
Believe it or not, they may have had this conversation before.
Breath Of Fresh Air
@Oprah in 2020? After Trump she would be a breath of fresh air...if there is any left by then. It would be interesting.— M (@Tyger5150) March 2, 2017
Winfrey could have some damage control to do if she makes it to the Oval Office.
I'm very much in favor of @Oprah becoming president of whatever's left of the United States in 2020.— Ron Klopfanstein (@RonKlopfanstein) March 2, 2017
Just hang on four more years.
So, right now 2020's looking like Trump-Oprah-Kanye?— rhymes with matey (@lone_lilly) March 2, 2017
But who will be the running mates??
@CarasikS 2020 might seriously be Trump v Kanye v Oprah. If that happens I'm booking a one way ticket to Peru. Lol— Paulo Figari (@Paulo_Figari) March 2, 2017
Canada is so much closer.
Crazy Tom Cruise
The Oval Office will need a new couch.
Any Job You Need
I can feel the energy through my computer screen.
Oprah Book Club
We can replace the dismantled public education system with the Oprah book club #Oprah2020— David Mangiamele (@ShesUnimpressed) March 2, 2017
Let's be real: She's already educating Americans.
How I Feel
That seems like an appropriate response.
The Best Revenge
In other words, we all should have seen this coming.
Finally, a leader who will save the bees!
Welcome to March 2017, where everyone — Oprah, Bob Iger, Mark Zuckerberg, Kanye West — is supposedly going to run for president in 2020….— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) March 1, 2017
It's a crowded club.
What is the world becoming?
Well, this is awkward ...
Fortunately for the current administration, those awkward encounters — if they ever come to fruition — are four years away. Winfrey's talk of running for president wasn't necessarily convincing, but it was exciting. As the Democratic Party faces an unclear future, anything could happen.