Streep on Oprah presidential bid: 'She doesn’t have a choice'
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Meryl Streep says Oprah Winfrey has no choice but to run for president.

“I don’t think she had any intention [of declaring],” Streep said in an interview with The Washington Post right after Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech Sunday evening.

“But now she doesn’t have a choice,” Streep added.

Winfrey spurred talk of a potential 2020 White House bid after she delivered electrifying and emotional remarks about sexual harassment while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles.

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“I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed, and bills to pay, and dreams to pursue,” Winfrey, her voice wavering at times, told the audience. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up!” the former talk show host exclaimed to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“She launched a rocket tonight,” Streep, who spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, said.

Calling Winfrey’s words a “barnburner,” Streep told the Post that the OWN founder runs “a major company.”

“She could lead the country. Instead of leading the country down,” Streep said of 63-year-old Winfrey.

Streep reiterated, “I want her to run for president.”

Last year, the star of "The Post" made headlines when she delivered her own impassioned speech railing against then-President-elect Trump, while accepting the same Golden Globes award as Winfrey.

“We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage,” Streep, 68, said at the time, without ever naming Trump during her fiery speech.

Since then, Streep has been criticized for not speaking out against film producer Harvey Weinstein either before or after multiple women came forward to accuse the Hollywood film producer of sexual misconduct, including assault and rape.

After allegations against the now-disgraced movie bigwig came to light following explosive New York Times and New Yorker exposés last year, posters popped up in Los Angeles showing an image of Streep alongside Weinstein with the words “#SheKnew.” 

Winfrey has repeatedly denied any desire to make a White House bid.

"There will be no running for office of any kind for me," Winfrey told “CBS This Morning” in October.