The 63-year-old Oscar nominee set Twitter ablaze Thursday night with her response to a John Podhoretz column in the New York Post about how Winfrey just might be the only one with enough star power to help Democrats in 2020.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 28, 2017
The queen's response was simple, yet suggestive.
"Thanks for your VOTE of confidence!," the "Greenleaf" actress wrote.
What does this mean? Is Her Majesty running?
As netizens typically do, they weighed in on the matter.
— Michele oliver (@FeralKarma) September 29, 2017
— Not Zilla (@Mollyzilla) September 29, 2017
But it wasn't all a negativity fest: some were happy about the possibility.
— Cindy Nevertrump (@ckn4502) September 29, 2017
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) September 29, 2017
Others didn't really take a side, but instead shed light on what Americans of only a decade past would've thought. Ah, how the mighty have just utterly lost it.
— Kody Folsom (@K0DYHiGHROLLER) September 29, 2017
Though Winfrey has laughed off suggestions over the years that she might one day join the political fray, her feelings might be changing. Back in March, she told Bloomberg that Donald Trump's shocking 2016 presidential victory made her realize she might have been underestimating her chances.
"I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'" she said. "And now I'm thinking, ‘Oh.'"
There might be even more convincing evidence of a burgeoning #Winfrey2020 campaign. Last Sunday, the Mississippi-born celeb appeared on CBS' 60 Minutes for the very first time to talk to supporters and opponents of Trump.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) September 25, 2017
Nothing is concrete, and only time will tell who 45's opponent will be in 2020 — that is, if POTUS himself makes it that far.