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Sorry proggies, Oprah isn’t going to run for president (bonus Photoshop Award)

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From Daily Mail: Oprah Winfrey has revealed that she has no plans to run for president in 2020 because she believes the current political landscape would ‘kill’ her. 

The 64-year-old media mogul has graced the cover of British Vogue, and inside the pages of the magazine, she has opened up about whether she would ever consider making a run for commander in chief after becoming somewhat of a dream candidate for Democrats earlier this year.

‘In that political structure — all the non-truths, the bulls**t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on — I feel like I could not exist,’ she said. ‘I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.

The media icon appears on the cover of the magazine’s August issue, dressed in a white, off-the-shoulder, custom-made taffeta Stella McCartney gown.

Her hair is pulled back to reveal Buccellati earrings with white and yellow diamonds as well as emeralds, while the headline reads: ‘Oprah’s next act — an audience with a global powerhouse.’

Although perhaps the most candid interview she has given on the subject of her potential presidential campaign, it is not the first time Oprah has addressed the furious speculation that she would make a bid for the White House in 2020.

In February of this year, she told People that it would take a divine intervention from God to convince her to run – despite both her long-time partner Stedman Graham and her best friend Gayle King appearing to push her towards a campaign.

‘I pay attention, and when you have that many people saying something, I thought gee, I never in my life, ever, ever, thought I would be in politics. I’ve always said no no no no no,’ she said at the time. ‘Am I at least supposed to look a that question?

‘I had enough people, billionaires calling me, saying I can get you a billion dollars, I can run your campaign. And I went into prayer. God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’

After opening up to Vogue about how she reached her decision, Oprah also weighed in on feminism in the wake of the Times Up movement, noting that she has opted to focus on the positives that have come from it.

‘People talk about “these are such dark times,” but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,’ she said. ‘I see, “Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?”

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More virtue signaling: Female demorats planning to wear black to Trump’s SOTU address

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Demorats in solidarity with this victim?/AP Photo

Will Juanita Broaddrick receive an invite from the democrat working group that hopes to “transcend party lines?”

From Glamour: At the 2018 Golden Globes, the red carpet was flooded with black dresses and Time’s Up pins, a coordinated protest against sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood and other industries. Though responses to the blackout (and the efficacy of this type of showing) was mixed, it does appear to have inspired a similar movement in a different field: politics.

NBC News reports that another blackout demonstration against sexual misconduct is in the works—this time, in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. On January 30 members of Congress, led by the Democratic Women’s Working Group, are invited to wear black to the address as an act of solidarity. Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California who will be participating, told NBC News: “This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it.”

Last year female Democrats staged a similar fashion demonstration when President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time: They wore white as an homage to the women’s suffrage movement, and to make a statement about women’s rights. They documented it with the hashtag #WomenWearWhite.

While lawmakers in Washington are often starkly divided by their political affiliations, Speier and other organizers hope that a call to stand up for victims of sexual harassment and abuse will transcend party lines, with members of both parties showing up in black.

Capitol Hill is no stranger to the rampant sexual abuse that has plagued professional environments, from film to farming. A November New York Times report described sexual harassment as an “occupational hazard” for women entering politics; in the same month, 50 women spoke to CNN about their experiences with harassment while working in Washington. And when it comes to individual politicians (mostly male), accusations of sexual misconduct abound: Most notably, President Trump has dodged and denied accusations of sexual harassment since his 2016 campaign, while Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers (both Democrats) stepped down from office following allegations of their misconduct.

The Golden Globes blackout was met with criticism, many notes that seeing a sea of black dresses—and reading the statements of actresses who participated—made for one of the most meaningful red carpets in entertainment history. At this time, few politicians have announced their intentions to wear black alongside the Democratic Women’s Working Group to the State of the Union. On January 30 we’ll see which lawmakers step up—and whether the President responds to the protest.