Weekend Reads Trump and Oprah are one in the same

02:16  09 january  2018
02:16  09 january  2018 Source:   Maclean's

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  Ivanka Trump Slammed For Tweet About Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech It’s been 24 hours and social media is still buzzing about the inspiring speech Oprah Winfrey gave when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last night’s Golden Globe. “Just saw Oprah’s empowering & inspiring speech at last night’s #GoldenGlobes,” she said on her father’s favorite social media platform. “Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TimesUp.

Some 43% of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of Trump , and 53% unfavorable, in a March 2017 poll by Quinnipiac. In that same poll, 52% had a favorable opinion of Winfrey, to 23 percent unfavorable. Score one for Oprah .

Scott Gilmore: Without thinking we instinctively trust—and elect—the celebrities we admire from afar. Let’s call this the Weah Rule.

Oprah Winfrey wearing a suit and tie: Businessman Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey at Tyson vs Holmes Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey January 22 1988. (Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2018. Businessman Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey at Tyson vs Holmes Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey January 22 1988. (Jeffrey Asher/Getty Images)

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The health of a democracy is inversely proportional to the likelihood a celebrity will win the next leadership race.

Let’s call this the Weah Rule, after George Weah, the newly-elected President of the African republic of Liberia. Weah is a high-school dropout who grew up in the slums of Monrovia. He worked as a switchboard operator for the local telephone company before his soccer skills lifted him up to the national team and eventually to the Premiere League in Europe where he was famous for his dribbling skills. Two weeks ago Weah took over one of the hardest jobs on the planet: leading a country battered by civil war and Ebola, where the GDP per capita is less than a used iPhone.

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  10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Oprah and Her Money <p>We’re only a few into 2018 and Oprah Winfrey is already winning the year.</p>At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Oprah became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In her empowering acceptance speech, Oprah talked about the fight for equality, race, and the #MeToo movement in what we already think will be the best speech of the year.

To Many woman with high status think they are like a goddess because they have money and power –most of it they are just a cheap prostate – no different from that penny les one on the street Oprah and that zionist pedophile are the same dog shit.

Effectively, Democrats would react to the horror of the Trump presidency in the same irrational way that Republicans did to Obama being reelected. In fact, a strong case could be made that Oprah is ill-suited to face Trump , one -on- one , in a general election.

Why did the people of Liberia choose a high-school drop out with excellent ball handling abilities to tackle the complex economic and governance problems threatening their country? The short answer is that they have given up on the political class who have continually failed them over the last few decades.

Even the incumbent, Nobel Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ultimately let them down. She was extremely good at charming western countries (particularly ours), and shone on the Davos circuit. And, she was relatively good at governing. But she was also very good at promoting her children, and at stashing money offshore, and at interfering in criminal cases against her relatives.

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Here’s the (wet-blanket) truth: Fighting Donald Trump to his political death would destroy Oprah ’s image and her brand, and in the end it wouldn’t be worth it. Which is why I think she won’t make the jump to politics, at least not in 2020.

MSNBC is for obvious reasons riding high in the Trump era, but more than ten times as many people tuned in to watch Oprah interview Michelle Obama as watch an entire day’s worth of MSNBC programming.

Of course, the Weah Rule is not limited to Africa. In Haiti, in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and their government’s completely inadequate response, many Haitians turned their hopes to Wyclef Jean, a famous rapper. In the late 1990s, following the crisis plagued Presidency of Fidel Ramos, the Philippines elected the movie star Joseph Estrada. Chronically dysfunctional Pakistan has cricket star Imran Khan. In India, a country long notorious for its corrupt and ineffective parliament, dozens of Bollywood actors have been elected into office.

In all these cases, the people did not vote for the celebrities because they thought singing or acting skills would be a useful in office. Their decision was more emotional. The people, dismayed by their politicians, wanted an avatar—a champion who they trusted, to take control on their behalf. And, while it may not be obvious, an essential element of celebrity is trust.

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No question Oprah could be one of those candidates, if she wants to run. Inspirational. But I do not want Oprah to be president of the United States, and for the same reasons I did not want Donald Trump to be president.

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We instinctively trust the famous people we admire from afar. Without even thinking about it, we assume they are on our side, they will not let us down. In a recent poll by Reader’s Digest magazine, 45 of the 100 most trusted people in America were actors or TV personalities.

Which brings us to Oprah. After a rousing speech at the Golden Globes Awards, America was seized with the possibility she would be running for president. It was leaked soon after that she was exploring the possibility, news that sent millions into an ecstatic fit.

In a matter of hours, the betting houses had already placed her as the seventh most likely candidate to run for office in 2020 with 16 to 1 odds, just ahead of movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Americans who are excited about the chance to put Oprah into the Oval Office, trust her to be one of the good guys. Which is in stark contrast to the other politicians they compare her to. These are either members of their own party who have failed to meet expectations, or vilified members of the other party. According to Gallup, congress’ approval rating is 17 per cent; the president’s is 39 per cent. Americans of all political stripes believe the political system is a mess, and are desperate for a faithful hero to clean house.

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I voted for Donald Trump . It wasn’t an easy decision, but I think it was the right one . Oprah : In the heart of each of us, when we ’ re at our kitchen table or sitting with our family or playing with our dogs, we all want the same things.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Oprah changed her tune just a bit, saying that the election of Donald Trump made her reconsider the idea of running for president. But this was in the same interview in which she said that she will absolutely, 100 percent never run for president, which

Trump himself is a product of this telescopic trust. Millions of Americans turned to him because they believed he would be their guy, that he would drain the swamp and give the government back to the people.

Will Americans now turn to Oprah as their new savior?

I actually think the odds are much higher than 16 to 1. The state of democracy in the United States is not healthy. Partisanship is at an all time high. Trump has the lowest approval rating of any modern president at this stage in his administration. Gerrymandering has gotten so out of hand that political scientists no longer classify states like South Carolina as meeting the definition of “democratic”.

As a result, according to data from the Pew Research Center, American trust in government has reached an historic low. In this context, I think it is entirely possible that instinct to find a trusted celebrity champion that swept the red states in 2016, will quite possibly sweep the blue states in 2018.

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