Oprah’s presidential campaign team is already taking form. Barack Obama’s 2012 Iowa campaign manager Brad Anderson, Harvey Weinstein’s friend Meryl Streep, and Woke Bill Kristol have all offered their support to Winfrey 2020. Oprah’s political preferences are clear enough. She helped to elect Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. She endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016. But where does the world’s richest self-made woman stand on the issues?
On the Second Amendment, Oprah supports increased restrictions on gun ownership. During her 2013 Harvard commencement speech, Winfrey insisted, “The vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks. Because they realize that we can uphold the Second Amendment and also reduce that violence that is robbing us of our children.” Despite Oprah’s insistence, there is little evidence that “stronger background checks” would have prevented any major American shooting. Even left-wing megaphone CNN admitted as much in its April 2013 analysis, “Would background checks have stopped recent mass shootings? Probably not.” Laws currently on the books should have prevented the murderer in November’s Sutherland Springs shooting from acquiring a weapon, and the failure of the government to enforce current laws only underscores the ineffectiveness of gun control to curb violence.
On illegal immigration, Oprah supports amnesty for all current illegal aliens. During that same speech at Harvard, she endorsed “a clear path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented immigrants who reside in this country. … It’s possible to both enforce our laws and, at the same time, embrace the words on the Statue of Liberty that have welcomed generations of huddled masses to our shores. We can do both.” Of course, one cannot simultaneously enforce and ignore democratically enacted law. Given the centrality of immigration enforcement in carrying President Trump to victory in 2016, Oprah’s policy amnesty for everyone is unlikely to play in Peoria.
On foreign policy, Oprah responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks with a five-part series on her program discouraging war in Iraq. Despite Saddam Hussein’s demonstrated possession of weapons of mass destruction, Iraq’s violation of countless international resolutions, and a decades-long American policy of regime change in Iraq, Oprah gave her platform exclusively to anti-war advocates such as Michael Moore, Fawaz Gerges, and Thomas Friedman. The series led Moore to beg Oprah to run for president. Its final installment, “Why Do So Many Dislike the U.S.?” typified the “blame America first” impulses of the post-1960s Left. An October 2001 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show sought to portray Islam as a ‘religion of peace,’ as guests claimed, “The spirit of Islam … is all about tolerance, all about doing good, about diversity, equality human dignity. … There is … nothing in Islam that does not afford women equal rights.”
On senior citizens, Oprah has left traditional third rail issues like Medicare and Social Security reform behind in favor of a more radical proposal for senior citizens: “They just have to die.” In a 2013 interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz, Winfrey explained, “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.” Winfrey’s “kill granny” rhetoric could finally make entitlement reform look attractive to an older generation, which will come in handy when Republicans win Florida for the foreseeable future.
On matters of faith, Oprah grew up attending a Baptist church but later became disillusioned and settled into New Age narcissism. She explained on her television program in 1997, “The God I serve doesn’t care if you’re tall or short or whether you were born black or Asian or gay.” The conflation of race and sexual behavior has led Oprah to eschew aspects of traditional Christian sexual morality and to support the redefinition of marriage to include monogamous same-sex couples. She promoted New Age pseudo-scientific religion The Secret during two episodes of her show. At other times, she has claimed, “I have church with myself: I have church walking down the street. I believe in the God force that lives inside all of us, and once you tap into that, you can do anything.” Oprah has fashioned herself such a cultic figure, the cartoon sitcom Futurama portrays Oprahism as the mainstream religion of the future.
Oprah can also count on the support of her Democrat co-partisans in the mainstream media if she runs for president. During her Golden Globes acceptance speech, she exclaimed, “I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” Oprah’s use of the possessive pronoun before “truth” highlights the bias and outright fiction peddled by Democrat bullhorns in the mainstream press. There is no such thing as “your truth” because the truth isn’t subjective. There’s truth, there’s your opinion of the truth, and then there are countless narratives spun by activists to warp the truth to serve a political agenda.
A fine example of the latter is NBC’s response to Winfrey’s Golden Globes pre-campaign speech. The network tweeted, “Nothing but respect for OUR future president.” If Oprah seeks the presidency, she’s poised to run as a radical leftist, and the Democrat lapdogs who masquerade as journalists are already salivating at the prospect. In these decadent times, that’s a return to normalcy.