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 ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats MORE (D-Ill.) in 2008 and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 Pelosi: Whistleblower complaint 'must be addressed immediately' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy 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 TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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.