“She’s not coming over to your house — you don’t have to like her,” the 62-year-old media mogul told Pastor T.D. Jakes recently, in a taped sit-down interview set to air on his eponymous nationally syndicated show next week.
“You don’t have to like her,” Winfrey continued. “Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote. Do you like freedom and liberty? Okay. Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue?”
She added: “There really is no choice, people.”
The OWN head has remained largely quiet on the 2016 presidential election — save for a few public messages of support for Clinton back in June after GOP nominee Donald Trump expressed interest in having Oprah as his running mate.
She explained why she’s been so silent:
“The reason why I haven’t been vocal, other than saying ‘I’m with her,’ is because I didn’t know what to say that could actually pierce through all the noise and the chaos and the disgusting vitriol that’s going on and actually be heard,” she explained.
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Because the election has been so divisive, Jakes asked the media mogul how she thinks the country can reunite after the election.
“We are so focused on what divides us rather than what unites us,” he said. “How are we going to do that?”
Winfrey’s full, one-hour interview on T.D. Jakes airs next Thursday, Oct. 21. Check your local listings.