I keep telling my fellow Republicans to be careful with becoming too infatuated with the latest announced GOP candidate, Donald Trump. I’ve explained why a few times over the last couple of years (See for yourself here and here.) But Trump has added more reasons to those just in the last two days. He threw up a MAJOR red flag on Wednesday while talking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about his campaign.
When Stephanopoulos asked Trump who he had in mind to be his Vice President, should he win the race for the White House, Trump responded with this:
“I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah… I think we’d win easily, actually.”
“I think Oprah would be great. I’d love to have Oprah,” Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an excerpt from Trump’s first interview after his Tuesday morning presidential announcement.
“I think we’d win easily, actually.”
Trump previously floated Winfrey, one of the most recognizable people in the world, as a potential running mate back in 1999, the last time he formed an exploratory committee for the presidency. When asked by Larry King on CNN if he has a vice presidential pick in mind, her name came to mind.
“I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice,” he said back in 1999.
“If she’d do it, she’d be fantastic. I mean, she’s popular, she’s brilliant, she’s a wonderful woman. I mean, if she would ever do it. I don’t know that she would ever do it.”
Let me remind you that Oprah was one of Barack Obama’s earliest supporters and advertisers. She campaigned relentlessly for Obama and slobbered all over him and his wife every chance she had.
Here’s what Oprah said about Obama back in 2008.
And what I saw with Barack Obama was something that was transcendent and I felt transformational for me as a human being and for this country. And I only pray in the deepest part of my being that America will rise to this moment. And I feel that what he was able to offer us as individual citizens and as a united country was something that we have never seen before. I really, I think it’s the most powerful thing I’ve ever experienced. I often wondered what it would be like to sit and listen to Lincoln speak or Roosevelt speak or what it would have been like to have been old enough to understand what Martin Luther King was saying 45 years ago today. And what he did brought that home in a way that I could never have imagined.
There are many, many quotes like that all over the Internet. Oprah Winfrey was an Obama acolyte, and she may have singlehandedly ensured his nomination to the Democrat ticket and his election to the Presidency. And this is the person that Donald Trump wants a heartbeat away from the White House?
Sounds like a great idea, Mr. Trump. (Not.)
I’m just thankful that Trump doesn’t actually have a chance at winning the nomination.
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