Ever since her epic Cecil B. DeMille award acceptance speech during the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey has been encouraged to run against President Donald Trump in 2020. Though she appeared to entertain the idea for a few weeks, she later said she isn’t built for the oval office.
“I don’t have the DNA for it,” Winfrey told InStyle this month.
She also doubled down on the statement during a conversation with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m not either,” she said in response to Miranda saying that he isn’t running for political office.
Now, the television icon is saying she may enter the world of politics, but only after she receives instruction from the Almighty.
“I went into prayer. ‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it,’” Winfrey told PEOPLE. “And I haven’t gotten that.”
She also says receiving support from rich friends willing to foot the bill for a campaign has made her reconsider.
“I had people—wealthy billionaires—calling me up and saying, ‘I can get you a billion dollars. I can run your campaign.’ That many people saying something made me think, ‘Am I at least supposed to look at the question?’”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.