Oprah Winfrey said she “would not be able to” run for president in the current political climate.
“In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bullshit, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey shared in an interview with British Vogue magazine published Monday for the August issue.
“I would not be able to do it,” she added. “It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.”
Many encouraged her to run for president after her speech at the 2018 Golden Globes about the #MeToo social media campaign following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
“I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed, and bills to pay, and dreams to pursue,” Winfrey shared. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!
During the magazine interview, she called the movement a “remarkable time” and celebrated that people are finally “waking up” to what has been going on.
“People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” the talk show host explained. “I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”