Interest in media mogul Oprah Winfreyâs political career has not died down following her campaign-style speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.
âFor too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up,â she said while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award.
Even Ivanka Trump called Oprahâs words âinspiringâ and challenged Americans to âcome together, women & men, & say TIMESUP!â
But beyond her views on womenâs empowerment, critics have cautioned that advocating for her candidacy is premature, considering how little we know about her policy positions.
Winfrey hasnât laid out any formal positions. After all, she is not running. But she has provided a window into her worldviews and politics over the years, which has included endorsements of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Hereâs what we know about where she stands on some political issues.
âI have a different view of âChristianâ than you do,â she said to a woman in her audience in 1997, referencing the Bibleâs condemnation of homosexuality. The audience member was challenging Winfreyâs decision to interview Ellen DeGeneres about her coming out.
âThe God I serve doesnât care whether youâre tall or short, or whether you were born black or Asian or gay. And thatâs just a difference of belief. And I donât expect to change your belief today.
âI believe God created Ellen. I believe God did that. Ellen says sheâs gay. I believe God created her gay. I support her right to be who she thinks she is.â
- Gun control
In a 2013 commencement address at Harvard University, Winfrey recalled the heartache of parents who lost children during the Sandy Hook massacre. She said:
âWe understand that the vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks because they realize that we can uphold the Second Amendment and also reduce the violence that is robbing us of our children. They donât have to be incompatible.â
In that same speech, Winfrey shared her support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
âWe understand that most Americans believe in a clear path to citizenship for the 12,000,000 undocumented immigrants who reside in this country because itâs possible to both enforce our laws and at the same time embrace the words on the Statue of Liberty that have welcomed generations of huddled masses to our shores. We can do both.â
There are far more issues that American voters care about than these, and the above statements are not the totality of Winfreyâs positions.
But itâs safe to say that most of President Donald Trumpâs supporters likely donât support her views.
Eugene Scott writes for The Washington Post.