Van Jones: If Oprah runs, ‘she will destroy anybody in front of her’

CNN political commentator Van Jones on Monday predicted that Oprah Winfrey would "destroy anybody in front of her" if she mounted a 2020 presidential bid.

During an appearance on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Jones discussed the media giant's chances for success if she were to pursue a run for the White House, calling her "the most beloved human being on Earth."

"The question is does she want to be demoted from queen of the universe to president of the United States? That's the only question. If she wants to do it, she can do it," Jones said. "If she runs, she will destroy anybody in front of her."

CNN reported on Monday that Winfrey is "actively considering" a White House bid in 2020. 


Winfrey is a longtime Democratic supporter who backed the candidacies of then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Biden has a lot at stake in first debate Biden to debate for first time as front-runner MORE (D-Ill.) in 2008 and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE in 2016.

The White House responded on Monday to speculation that Winfrey could mount a bid for the presidency, saying that President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE and his team would "welcome the challenge, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else."

Winfrey gave a speech on Sunday night at the Golden Globes with a focus on the slew of recent sexual harassment allegations against multiple powerful men in entertainment, business, media, politics and beyond.

But the address also delivered a broader message that "a new day is on the horizon," fueling speculation about Winfrey as a possible 2020 contender.