Antonio Sabato Jr. says Hollywood's liberal elite desperately wants Oprah Winfrey to run for president in 2020 because she is the Democratic Party's one and only chance to regain power in Washington.
"I understand why Hollywood wants Oprah to run because I think she's the last hope for their party," the actor-turned-congressional candidate said Monday to Miranda Khan on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."
"Oprah has been asked numerous times to run and she's said no, not now. We'll see in a couple of years or a year and a half or whatever."
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Sabato was commenting on the empowering speech the TV talk queen and movie actress gave in Beverly Hills as she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at Sunday's 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
Winfrey called it a "new day" for women in light of the dozens of sexual harassment assault complaints lodged against male actors in recent months.
"When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again," she told the star-studded crowd.
After her address, which brought thunderous applause, Winfrey said she has no plans to throw her hat in the ring. But her longtime partner Stedman Graham told The Los Angeles Times: "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it."
Sabato — a former Calvin Klein model who has appeared in TV shows like "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place," and has now entered politics by facing off Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley for California's 26th District – said he liked Winfrey's address, but it could have gone further.
"I think the speech was OK. It was good for what it was going after," he told Khan.
"But I think it would've been great if she would've mentioned the fact that President Trump is doing a lot for the Israeli government and a lot of stuff has been done in a year that is positive and I think we need to support our president but I understand it."
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