During last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, Oprah Winfrey (pictured right) used her influence in the media and voiced opinions about who she thought American voters should have supported on Election Day 2016.
During a number of television appearances, Winfrey used a portion of her so-called “O Effect” as she publicly promoted the “I’m With Her” voting slogan, which was a marketing tool used by the campaign committee of Hillary Clinton.
However, Winfrey was not nearly as vocal and visible on the failed Clinton campaign trail as she was during the two successful times Barack Obama ran for president. She actually admitted this fact last October while she was being interviewed by Bishop T.D. Jakes on the religious leader’s daytime television talk show.
“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 said to Jakes in her interview.
However, the 63-year old billionaire media mogul used her opportunity during the Jakes interview to finally express what she had to say, which came off to some as a carefully veiled rebuke of Donald Trump and a borderline desperate appeal for voters to choose Clinton.
Winfrey went off on a slight tangent during her interview with Jakes and even interrupted him as he attempted to address the audience.
However, Winfrey never stated after the interview whether or not she felt what she said on Jakes’ stage was enough to “pierce through” all the “noise,” “chaos,” and “disgusting vitriol” that she talked about observing during Trump and Clinton’s candidacies.
If someone would have recently asked comedienne Nikki Glaser (pictured left) whether or not she felt Oprah did enough to help get Clinton elected, the 32-year-old Comedy Central television star may have given you no for an answer.
According to The Grio, Glaser made a highly critical Twitter posting about Winfrey, which might have made a valid point.
“Did Oprah ever speak out against Trump? Are we angry that she didn’t? It really could’ve helped w/that 53% of white women who voted for him,” Glaser tweeted recently.
Since The Grio ran this story about Glaser on Tuesday (February 7th), many media outlets have published articles, which claim that Oprah is now being blamed for helping Trump get into office by not doing enough to help Clinton win last year.
It’s probably not totally fair or rational to make Winfrey a scapegoat for helping Trump get elected. However, it is fair to question why Winfrey didn’t do more to help Clinton. Glaser has done this, but she would gain more traction with her argument if she simply stated why she thinks Winfrey didn’t do more to help Clinton.
Fear of alienating a sizable portion of their fan base is a good reason why many celebrities don’t always adopt a firm stance when it comes to endorsing or not endorsing political candidates. It is certainly plausible to surmise that Winfrey may have done that very same thing.