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Oprah Winfrey has stayed largely mum about this presidential election, but that doesn’t mean the daytime TV icon doesn’t have a lot to say on the topic.
In next Thursday’s episode of T.D. Jakes’ self-titled talk show, Winfrey weighed in on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s contentious fight for the presidency, saying she believes the best candidate is clear.
“There really is no choice, people,” Winfrey said, addressing undecided voters. “All the people sitting around, talking about [how] they can’t decide, here’s what I want to say.”
Winfrey continued: “This is what I really want to say: All the people, I hear this all the time. You get in conversations — and there’s not a person in this room who hasn’t been in the same conversation — where people say, ‘I just don’t know if I like her.’ She not coming over your house!”
As the audience laughed and clapped, Winfrey took her point about Clinton one step further: “You don’t have to like her,” said Winfrey. “You don’t have to like her. Do you like this country? Do you like this country? You better get out there and vote.”
Winfrey continued with her series of questions for voters, asking, “Do you like freedom and liberty? Do you like this country? Okay,” she said. “Do you like democracy or do you want a demagogue? Okay.”
Earlier in the interview, Winfrey explained her hesitancy to share her perspective. “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 all the chaos and the disgusting vitriol that’s going on, and actually be heard,” Winfrey said.
Watch a clip of the chat above. Winfrey’s episode of T.D. Jakes airs Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on OWN.