- Donald Trump’s former Press Secretary said Oprah doesn’t have the “political infrastructure” to win a presidential campaign.
- Interviewer Piers Morgan pointed out that Trump had no experience either.
- Sean Spicer said he appreciated the irony, but wasn’t sure whether Trump was a one-off.
Oprah Winfrey wouldn’t beat Donald Trump in a 2020 presidential showdown because she lacks political experience, according to Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer said that Oprah’s celebrity gives her a huge platform, and that a one-on-one between her and Trump would be “the clash of titans.”
But he doubted whether a Washington outsider like her could win, even though that was precisely the dynamic which helped propel his former boss Donald Trump to victory in 2016.
Responding in an interview on Monday with Britain’s ITV channel, Spicer told host Piers Morgan: “You can’t make this stuff up. This would be the clash of titans.”
However, he said, that “hands down Donald Trump [would win] – but Oprah would give him a run for his money,” without explaining why.
Spicer added that Winfrey didn’t have the political experience to win an election against Trump – even though his old boss never worked in politics before becoming president, either.
Watch part of the interview here:
Should Oprah Winfrey run forpresident? Donald Trumpâ¬”s former press secretary Sean Spicerdoesnâ¬”t think she has the â¬Üpolitical infrastructureâ¬” @firstname.lastname@example.org/GWKca4RiZk
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 8, 2018
Spicer told “Good Morning Britain”:
“I think Oprah’s an icon in this country and frankly throughout the world, and she’s got a huge following that’s really not political and she clearly speaks very powerfully to women at this point in our political discourse and our society. There’s no question in my mind that she would be extremely formidable.
“That being said, she doesn’t have the political infrastructure and we’ve seen this before in our history where people who have tried to pop in that are not in politics who have had a difficult time adjusting. […]
‘That withstanding, President Donald Trump proves there is an appetite for outsiders and you don’t necessarily have to have that.
“The question is was that an anomaly or is that the new norm? And that’s all I’m getting at. I 100% know who I used to work for.”
Following a rousing speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday that led to speculation over her political ambitions, two of Winfrey’s close friends have said that she was “actively thinking” about running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.