Oprah Winfrey Says She Will Not Run for President: 'I Don't Have the DNA for It'

Oprah Winfrey Says She Will Not Run for President: ‘I Don’t Have the DNA for It’

Oprah Winfrey has finally set the records straight: she is not interested in running for president.

Recall that the encouragement to run for president intensified after her speech at the 2018 Golden Globes, where she spoke against sexual assault and harassment of women. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” she said, adding. “Their time is up!”

Her best friend, Gayle King, later added that the media mogul was “intrigued” by the idea of having a shot at the White House, but Oprah never spoke up until now.

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me,” she says in new chat with InStyle magazine. “I don’t have the DNA for it.”She went on to note that she doesn’t use her social media to speak about political matters. “I try not to lean into the hysteria. I’ve heard a lot of Twitter chatter where people have said, ‘Where are you? You should be speaking up on these things!’ But it makes no sense to speak when you cannot be heard,” she says. “One hundred and forty characters—that is not how you want to make your mark in the world.”

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The award-winning star notes that she is no longer fazed by the kind of criticism she gets. “You take no s–t. None. Not a bit. In your 40s you want to say you take no shit, but you still do. In your 60s you take none,” she says. “There’s both a quickening and a calming—there’s a sense that you don’t have as much time on earth as you once did…People coming with anything less than what is the truth or authentic? Don’t even try.”

Oprah Winfrey also spoke on the raging conversation on sexual harassment. “…It took Harvey Weinstein to burst that door wide open. But Harvey [Weinstein] wasn’t the first one. It was Bill Cosby before him, and Bill O’Reilly before him. It’s just fascinating to me because I always try to look at things from thousands of feet above,” she says, adding, “As more people come forward about sexism and sexual assault. It has seared into the consciousness a level of awareness that was not there before. That’s the most important thing to me. When Reese Witherspoon can tell her story at the same time as a farm worker in Iowa or a factory worked in Alabama, it says to a person, ‘Oh well, I’ve been putting up with that asshole supervisor for all these years. Maybe it’s time for me to do something too.'”

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