Should we apply the Donald Trump Theory to Oprah Winfrey? Take her seriously, but not literally — about running for the presidency.

Tea leaves sold out this week as the billionaire media mogul retweeted a New York Post op-ed column by John Podhoretz titled “Democrats’ Best Hope for 2020: Oprah.”

To beat Trump in 2020, he wrote, Democrats need “a grand, outsized fearless star whom Trump can neither intimidate nor outshine.”

Citing her recent “60 Minutes” segment moderating a focus group of Trump and anti-Trump voters, he said Winfrey’s ability to connect with people leaves her “uniquely positioned, should she wish to commit herself, to seek the Democratic nomination for president and challenge Trump in 2020.”

US Magazine said: “Winfrey, 63, who was a strong supporter of former President Barack Obama, said in a March interview with Bloomberg Media’s David Rubenstein she’s never contemplated running for a political position but acknowledged that the election of Donald Trump changed the playing field.”

Quoting The Wrap, Entertainment Weekly said: “Despite the endorsement, Winfrey is not planning to run for office. ‘She was just thanking the reporter, she is not running for office,’” a representative said.

But that didn’t stop the Twitterverse from a 2020 swoon.

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