Highlights of the story
- Jones: Winfrey "could keep a front against hatred in this country"
- Stelter: "What she would bring is the ability to put on a show, just like Trump"  Jones added "The question is, does she want to do it?"
He said he talked to many people around him, and "basically there is chaos in Oprahland" with many people around Winfrey begging him to run for president in 2020 after his emotional speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award in Sunday's Golden Sunday Balloons.
"If she wants to do it, she can do it," Jones told Anderson Cooper in "AC360". "She is probably the most beloved carbon-based way of life on this Earth"
"She could have a front against hatred in this country."
Jones said that many Americans are concerned about growing hatred and intolerance and Winfrey could bring a "values-based front for inclusion and tolerance" to the country. While Hillary Clinton struggled to get key demographics, such as white women, to vote for her in 2016, Jones does not believe that getting widespread support is a problem for Winfrey as she has long-standing admirers in many demographics.
CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter also interjected, saying there could be setbacks against Winfrey's Democrats, since "there are not many obvious candidates who have star power and charisma" and Winfrey could dominate the race virtue of his fame.
"What she would bring is the ability to put on a show, just like Donald Trump," Stelter said.
Stelter contacted sources close to Winfrey and reported that "they are simply letting this test balloon float in the air today."
Jones said that in her speech, Winfrey did in nine minutes what Barack Obama did in 17 minutes in 2004, telling his story in a way that was "electrifying."
In his words, the only question about Winfrey is if she wants to be degraded from "Queen of the Universe to President of the United States". "