Way back in June, Oprah Winfrey threw down her mighty gaze upon the US election and endorsed Hillary Clinton. This came as no surprise to anyone except for 2015 Donald Trump, who considered asking Oprah to be a running mate. No one took this statement of Trump making a serious presidential bid at his word, but here we are. Oprah now has a message for any undecided or wavering voters out there.
During an interview with Pastor T.D. Jakes (which shall air next Thursday on his syndicated talk show), Winfrey urges people to vote, no matter whether they “like” or are motivated by the current major party nominees. Jakes released excerpts from the conversation, in which Oprah argues against the notion that citizens are picking a lesser evil. In short, she tells folks to vote for Clinton even if she rubs them the wrong way:
“She’s not coming over to your house! You don’t have to like her. You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote. Do you like the country? Do you like freedom and liberty? Do you like this country? Okay. Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”
Oprah also explains why she hasn’t been too vocal during this election, other than her endorsement. She simply didn’t have a statement that would “pierce through all the noise and the chaos and the disgusting vitriol that’s going on.” Well, the rest of the Internet is certainly comfortable adding to that chaos and vitriol, but Oprah makes a good point. Letting a ballot go uncast because of a candidate’s unlikable nature is one way to elect a popular reality star. More and more, this is looking like a high-school election.
(Via T.D. Jakes)