Up until her recent interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes on his daytime talk show, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, 62, had been mum about the public circus professionally known as the 2016 race for the U.S. presidency.
Winfrey’s interview with Bishop Jakes was taped very recently and will be aired on its scheduled day during this upcoming week. During her interview (which was taped in front of a live studio audience), the OWN shareholder spoke candidly about America’s political landscape and the significance of our current election cycle.
As she spoke emphatically with Jakes (at one point she interrupted Jakes as he tried to make a statement), Winfrey was clearly in passionate, pro-Hillary Clinton campaign mode.
“The reason why I haven’t been vocal, other than saying ‘I’m with her,’ is because I didn’t know what to say that could actually pierce through all the noise and the chaos and the disgusting vitriol that’s going on and actually be heard,” Winfrey told Jakes.
“But there really is no choice, people,” the billionaire continued.
Later in the interview, Winfrey went on a tirade where she gave her perceived notion and opinion on the public questions circulating around Clinton’s likeability. During her tirade, Winfrey erratically implied that not voting for Clinton and disliking America are mutually exclusive.
“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?” Winfrey added.
Winfrey has a point about the vitriol being spewed by Republican candidate Donald Trump and his legion of supporters. However, to imply that a person’s refusal to vote for Clinton signifies that he or she hates America is…well, un-American.
America is a nation where self-righteous vessels of piety, passively neutral people, and brazenly pompous jackasses can choose what they like or dislike about the nation without being labeled as could-be Timothy McVeighs.
I’m sure Winfrey realizes that some of her corporate, white male partners may organically be no different than the guy running against Clinton. They might even be closet case fans of him. It may have been more appropriate for Winfrey to imply that disliking the right to vote equates to disliking America, not disliking a political candidate.