Oprah Winfrey’s hints about her potential presidential run were the talk of the town on Monday — and one CNN panelist painted her as a direct foil to President Donald Trump.
While the initial parallels between Trump and Winfrey are obvious (both are pop culture icons with no prior political experience), BET host Robin Thede nailed down their biggest difference.
“I do think that instead of making people feel bad about their situation or empowered in their racism, she is somebody who is trying to empower people in positivity,” Thede said.
“Ouch, Robin,” host Brooke Baldwin responded.
“I’m sorry,” Thede responded, “is there a lie?”
Though the BET host does not support a potential Winfrey candidacy, she said she understood the draw.
“She’s trying to empower people in positivity,” she said. “Everybody can agree on that. There’s not a contingent who hate Oprah for her positive message. They might hate her because she’s a black woman or because of her business or whatever.”
Nevertheless, Thede said she can see why Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech resulted in a social media “frenzy” — the talk show veteran did, according to her, look like then-candidate Barack Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Watch below, via CNN.