If Oprah Winfrey is going to be hoisted up as a serious candidate to lead the free world (imagine reading this sentence in early 2015), then she ought to be scrutinized. And some of her past remarks suggest Winfrey would perpetuate the particular form of divisiveness that plagued America under Obama’s presidency.
In 2013, while on tour for her (Harvey Weinstein-produced) film “The Butler,” Oprah characterized opposition to President Obama as largely racist.
“Just the level of disrespect — when the senator yelled out ‘you’re a liar,’ remember that?” she said, referring to the moment Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” during President Obama’s 2009 address to a joint session of Congress. Obama had promised his proposed health care reforms would not cover illegal immigrants.
Wilson, it turned out, was right and Obama lied. But for Winfrey, his outburst was demonstrative proof that America remains a racist country that would not tolerate a black man in office. In the world Oprah sees through her racially tinged glasses, opposition to Obama was racist. The proof is in the disrespect, she said.
“I think there’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs, and that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American,” Oprah said.
This statement, which was laughable in 2013 when one considers the ridicule and disrespect President George W. Bush was subjected to while in office, is even more ludicrous after a year of the Trump presidency.
Is Oprah outraged with the media, which constantly disrespects President Trump? Is she concerned when Trump is branded mentally unstable and smeared as racist? Does she feel heartache at seeing reporters question his loyalty to the United States and entertain challenges to the legitimacy of his presidency?
And if she runs for and wins the presidency as a Democrat, pursuing the progressive policies Trump is working to undo, will she cry “racism” at conservatives who oppose her?
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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