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CBS Urges Oprah to Run Against Trump

Issued: 2018-03-07

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Tuesday urged her best friend Oprah Winfrey to run against Donald Trump in 2020. King even absurdly insisted she could stay on at CBS and cover the race “impartially.” The co-host, it turns out, has been lobbying her friend to run for months. On the show, King pleaded, “But I also think you have a unique ability in terms of healing and connecting all people.”

King even cited the late poet Maya Angelou, pleading to Winfrey: “What do you think Maya would say? It's one of these times I wish Maya was here. What do you think that she would say?”

After all this, King disputed the idea that a potential Winfrey run might compromise her as co-host of CBS This Morning:

GAYLE KING: Somebody told me you'd have to leave your job at CBS. I said, "Why do I have to leave my job at CBS?"

OPRAH WINFREY: I think you might.

KING: No, I don’t. I could be very impartial. I could be very impartial.

It’s possible King was joking on that last point, but given how aggressively she’s promoted a Winfrey run, maybe not. On February 15, King revealed that she was pushing her liberal friend to oppose Trump since before Winfrey’s famous Golden Globes speech.

Of course, CBS has never seen a problem for King to support Democrats and then talk to politicians on This Morning. In 2012, she attended a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s reelection. Who also was there? Winfrey. On August 6, 2016, King attended Obama’s 55th birthday party.

On February 18, CBS’s 60 Minutes gave Winfrey a platform to quiz voters on Trump’s mental fitness.

A partial transcript is below. Click "expand" to read more.

CBS This Morning 3/6/18 8:17

GAYLE KING: We are pleased to welcome — listen, she's an actress, philanthropist, media mogul. But she's also a 60 Minutes special contributor — we like saying that.


Oprah's back in studio 57. The reason why I'm so excited about this story is because you were so excited. You took it to 60 Minutes.


KING:  Oprah will stay around for another segment. She's promoting 60 Minutes, of course. But she's also going to talk about Wrinkle in Time and we'll talk about the presidency. We're going to go there.

WINFREY: No, you're not.

KING: Yes, we're going to go there, Oprah! John Dickerson has lots of questions.


[Clip of Winfrey at the Golden Globes.]

KING: That was Oprah's very powerful acceptance speech at the Golden Globes when she condemned a culture broken by brutality by brutal —  by brutally, rather, powerful men. Her speech, you know, started immense speculation that she was considering a presidential run in 2020. We'll talk to Oprah about that and her new movie coming up. It is part of your narrative. It’s sort of like, “You get a car, you get a car, you get a car.” Forever, that's going to be part of your narrative. But we'll talk about it.



[On gun control.]

KING: You gave $500,000 to that cause.

WINFREY: Yes, I did.

KING: You want to make sure that the kids who want to get there can get there.

WINFREY: That's right. For kids who want to come from all around and get there and can't afford to get there.

KING: Are you planning to be at the March?

WINFREY: I'm not planning to be at the March. I not the March should be about the children.



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