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Bring on a clash of the media titans

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ali versus Frazier. King Kong and Godzilla. Trump v. Oprah.

If someone would have told me a couple of years ago that Oprah Winfrey would be a viable presidential candidate in 2020, I would have laughed at them. Of course, I did laugh at folks who said Donald J. Trump was a serious candidate in the 2016 presidential election. I ain't laughing now.

Things have changed. Trump gets the credit for that. He proved that demagoguery trumps philosophy when he easily convinced conservative voters that he, as a New York City billionaire, had their best interests at heart. So if demagoguery is the order of the day, I want Oprah.

She's really the only one who can defeat Trump. She's his counterpart and contemporary in every way that matters. She's filthy rich. She has a confusing relationship with her significant other. She is a television celebrity. Oprah is popular. She's self made. (Trump is too if you ignore the million dollar loan he got from his dad.)

Trump has opened the door to the age of celebrity in politics. I say bring it on. I firmly believe Oprah cares more about me and my family than Trump ever will.

It hasn't been all bad under our current leader. The stock market is way up. Something you should expect with a businessman in the White House. But since 10 percent of the people (i.e. the rich) own 80 percent of the stock, they're getting richer, not me. That goes for the tax breaks too.

Oh, and unemployment is down. At a real low. Of course, Trump's fans give him credit for that, but the numbers tell the real tale. There were 170,000 new jobs in 2017, but 180,000 in 2016 and 250,000 in 2015. So the low unemployment rate is really a win in Barack Obama's column. Not that Republicans would ever, ever recognize that.

So economy aside, what has our CEO, I mean our president accomplished? I'll give him credit for two things: relaunching the space program and recognizing Jerusalem.

First, the president's refocus of NASA on the moon is long overdue. This is the one thing with which I never agreed with Obama. He gutted the space program and canceled the shuttle program. I think that was wrong. As a ardent fan of science fiction and strong believer in science, I truly believe man is meant to explore other star systems — a galaxywide manifest destiny.

Second, as far as recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it's long overdue. We don't negotiate with terrorists, right? But pretending that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel is not only delusional, it's a form of cowering to regional militants. We should move our embassy to Jerusalem then tell the Israelis to recognize the Palestinian state and move forward from there. Decades of pretending hasn't stopped the bombings. It's time to meet the elephant in the room head on.

Trump considers himself the great deal maker. I'll be the first to applaud him if he can get the sons of Israel and Ishmael to sit down at the same table.

But I'm still voting for Oprah. She is the best woman for the job. In 2020, do we need a strong woman or a obnoxious womanizer in the oval office?

Oprah has every qualification Trump started with. And on top of that, she's a good person.

Why support a presidential candidate who bragged in 2005 that he can sexually assault women and they just let him get away with it because he's famous? Why support a presidential candidate who publicly endorsed a Senate candidate with a slew of credible sexual assault allegations? Why support a presidential candidate who uses social media to belittle and bully people? Why support a presidential candidate whose former campaign manager has been indicted for money laundering and national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about illegal contact with Russian officials?

The choice, should Oprah choose to run, is easy. Her Golden Globe speech may not have been speaking directly to Trump; but in my mind, she was. As Oprah said, his time is up.

"...a new day is on the horizon ..."

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