As it turns out, the president seems to have been dead wrong with his dismissive comments he offered to reporters on Tuesday in the face of the possibility that famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey would run for president in the 2020 election. Rasmussen Reports now has released the results of a poll pitting Trump against Winfrey, and Winfrey would very likely win were the 2020 election held today with the two of them facing each other.
Talk about a possible Winfrey candidacy arose after the talk show icon delivered a moving speech about the “new day” that is ready to dawn on America while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last Sunday’s Golden Globes.
You can check out her speech below.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018
In her speech, she expressed strong support for the “#MeToo” movement, which has sought to empower victims of sexual harassment and assault to share their stories and bring down their accusers in the process. Her doing so establishes yet another clear contrast between her and the president, with Trump remaining credibly accused of sexual misconduct no matter how many times he asserts otherwise.
The allegations against him are bolstered by comments that he himself has made and which were caught on tape.
On Tuesday, speaking to the possibility that he face Oprah in the 2020 presidential election, Trump told reporters:
‘Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun. You know, I did one of her last shows — she had Donald Trump… her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family, it was very nice. I like Oprah — I don’t think she’s going to run… I know her very well.’
As it turns out, Trump’s confidence is — surprise surprise — misplaced.
In the newly released poll results from Rasmussen, 48 percent of likely voters would support Oprah, while only 38 percent would support Trump. There is, however, a significant 14 percent chunk of those polled who remain undecided.
76 percent of Democrats, 44 percent of Independents, and 22 percent of Republicans would support Winfrey were the 2020 presidential election to be held today, while 66 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of Independents, and 12 percent of Democrats would support Trump.
Note that only 66 percent of the president’s own party is excited enough about him to say they would definitely support him were the next election to be held today. These dismal numbers certainly correspond to the president’s long documented dismal approval rating, which consistently stays below 40 percent.
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