There is no denying that the 2016 United States Presidential Election has prompted national controversy and (over) heated debate.
The race has largely boiled down to debate between the Democratic presidential bid Hilary Clinton and the Republican presidential bid Donald Trump for the lucrative responsibility of becoming the leader of the free world.
With election day approaching fast, celebrities far and wide have been using their platform to voice their opinion and get people to the polls. With that being said, is any conversation truly finished until actress, philanthropist, publisher and producer Oprah Winfrey weighs in? I think not.
The media mogul appeared on T.D. Jakes’ television show to encourage voters to not only take this election very seriously, but also examine the views of each candidate very closely.
In addition to stressing the importance of voting in this election, Winfrey turns to voters who may not be fond of the female presidential candidate and explains that, in short, the options otherwise are few and far between.
Openly expressing her support for the Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton, Winfrey said:
“You don’t have to like her,” Winfrey continued. “Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote. Do you like freedom and liberty? Okay. Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Winfrey was candid about the potential election of the first female president of the United States.
“Regardless of your politics, it’s a seminal moment for women,” Winfrey added. “What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world.”
While tabling for the University of Florida’s College Democrats organization, UFCD programming director Dana Molk, a 19-year-old political science major, said that she thinks it is important for people like Oprah to speak out about the election because she is a great role model for people all over, in particular woman of color.
“There are so few role models in politics for people who are minorities in several ways,” Molk said. “When Oprah speaks out as, a woman and also an African-American, I think that gives people someone to look up to and relate to. Although celebrity endorsements may not have any statistical impact on the election, it spotlights role models that are very important.”
Whether you have you are a strong supporter of either candidate or are on the fence, one thing is clear: get to the polls and have your voice heard by Nov. 8.