Trixie Mattel Turns Drab To Fab + More News

Trixie Mattel turns a drab motel to fab in new Discovery+ renovation series "Trixie Motel"
Trixie Mattel brings fab drag to a drab Palm Springs motel (courtesy Discovery+)

Some news items you might have missed:

Discovery+: RuPaul’s Drag Race star Trixie Mattel previews the upcoming Trixie Motel, a new renovation show wherein the diva has purchased a drab motel in Palm Springs with plans to give the place its own total drag make-over to fabulousness. Continue reading “Trixie Mattel Turns Drab To Fab + More News”

Oprah Campaigns For Stacey Abrams In Georgia

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey campaigning in Georgia for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams:

“That’s why I’m a registered Independent. Because I don’t want any kind of party, or any kind of partisan influence telling me what decisions I get to make for myself.

“So I wanted to just say to you: Nobody paid for me to come here; nobody even asked me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message.”

Oprah goes on to say when she personally called Abrams and introduced herself, Abrams  response was, “Girl, lemme pull over to the side of the road.”

And then there was this: ” I just wanna say y’all been on my mind – Georgia you’ve been on my mind. I was just sitting in California, minding my own business, but I could not stop thinking about whats going on down here.”

Oprah To Campaign With Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

Oprah Winfrey

Media superstar Oprah Winfrey is diving into Georgia politics this week as she will join Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on the campaign trail.

From NBC News:

Winfrey is set to join Abrams Thursday at a pair of town hall events in the state, and will accompany the Georgia Democrat in knocking on voters’ doors in one of the state’s final days of early voting and just five days prior to Election Day.

“Oprah Winfrey has inspired so many of us though the years with her unparalleled ability to form real connections and strengthen the bonds of family and community,” Abrams told NBC News in a statement. “I am honored to have Oprah join me for uplifting and honest conversations with voters about the clear choice before us in this election and the boundless potential of Georgians.”

Abrams is going toe-to-toe with Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp in one of the nation’s most hotly contested races. Last week, an NBC News/Marist poll found that the race is essentially tied, with likely voters favoring Kemp by a 49 percent to 47 percent spread, a number within the poll’s margin of error. Among registered voters, the two candidates are tied at 47 percent.

The race has been roiled by allegations that Kemp has purged voter rolls in an attempt to help his own candidacy. Kemp calls the charges “a farce.”

According to reports, Kemp’s office has been purging tens of thousands of voters, most of whom are black, from voter rolls ahead of next week’s election. Kemp says that he is simply following the law.

RealClearPolitics shows the race is a statistical tie.

If Abrams were to win, she will be the first black woman to become governor of any state in the U.S.

Abrams was recently a guest on The View where Meghan McCain thought she was going to embarrass Abrams on the topic of gun control. It didn’t quite pan out the way McCain expected.

Watch Abrams school McCain in the most graceful way below.

News Round-Up: February 19, 2018

Ryan Cleary (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• UK “Survival of the Fittest” reality show contestant Ryan Cleary (above) recently came out as bisexual.

• Sally Field is trying to hook her gay son up with Winter Olympics darling Adam Rippon.

• Trump’s proposed budget cuts for HIV/AIDS funding would lead to 300,000 more deaths per year.

• A homophobic ad in Russia warns folks the gays will take over unless they vote.

• A top Republican pollster says Oprah Winfrey is “triggering” for Donald Trump.

• Out crossover artist Andre Xcellence has released I’m Coming, his highly charged EP of Xcellent music that he calls the soundtrack of his life.

The EP includes “So What?”, a celebratory anthem that invites gays and straights to party on the dance floor together. Check out the release on iTunes here or on Spotify here.

Andre Xcellence EP “I’m Coming”

Oprah Shoots Down 2020 Speculation: “That’s Not For Me”

In a new interview with InStyle, Oprah Winfrey addressed those presidential rumors that have been swirling ever since her electrifying speech at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not. And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.

Gayle — who knows me as well as I know myself practically — has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, “When’s Oprah going to run?” So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, “I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you—it would be good for everyone else.”

I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.

Hypothetical Match-Up: Oprah 48% Trump 38%

Oprah Winfrey

With all the conjecture about a hypothetical Oprah run for president, right-leaning poll organization Rasmussen checked out folks’ thoughts.

Now, although there are 14% undecided, the survey shows Oprah would trump Trump 48%-38%.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters would opt for Winfrey, while 38% would choose Trump. But a sizable 14% are undecided.

Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. The president earns 66% of the vote from Republicans, 12% of Democrats and 38% of unaffiliateds.

Before anyone goes into that “We don’t want a celeb for prez, stop pushing this…,” I’m only sharing for those interested. Ok?

Personally, I will give Trump this much: he changed the dynamics of who and what is possible in presidential politics.

What we know we need in the White House is someone who is smart, who knows their own limitations, has exceptional communication skills, can find the people to fill the jobs to make an organization a success, and someone who unites the country in an uplifting, aspirational way.

As a “born in poverty, self-made billionaire,” Oprah has more substantial bona fides than Trump ever did. And, she was never given a “starter loan” of $1 million from her father to start out in business.

She also never inherited millions and millions from her father the way Trump did.

Oprah also has an incredible ability to listen, take in information and then react.

I don’t even have to compare Trump’s enormous deficit on that count.

For Democrats, an uber-successful black woman who’s name recognition, intelligence and communication skills are equal to none, I think she’s worth exploring as an option for 2020.

Anyway…

#Forward

Trump: “I’ll Beat Oprah”

During an open meeting of lawmakers at the White House today, Donald Trump told reporters he would beat media billionaire Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race were she to run.

“I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be… a lot of fun. I know her very well. You know I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics. No, I like Oprah, but I don’t think she’s gonna run”

After Oprah’s electrifying 9-minute speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards Sunday, pundits have been salivating at the idea of Oprah Winfrey running for president in 2020.

You might recall many felt Trump wouldn’t run for president either.

Report: Oprah Winfrey “Actively Thinking” About Possible 2020 Presidential Run

Oprah Winfrey at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

After Oprah Winfrey’s appearance at the Golden Globe Awards last night where she was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, folks are framing her brilliant nine minute speech as totally presidential and the hashtag #Oprah2020 began trending.

Today, CNN is reporting that Ms. Winfrey is indeed considering a run for the White House.

The two friends, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, talked in the wake of Winfrey’s extraordinary speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, which spurred chatter about a 2020 run.

Some of Winfrey’s confidants have been privately urging her to run, the sources said.

One of the sources said these conversations date back several months. The person emphasized that Winfrey has not made up her mind about running.

A representative for Winfrey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

You can watch the full electrifying nine-minute speech below.

Oprah For President In 2020?

During an interview on “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations,” Oprah Winfrey admitted she never seriously considered running for president in light of her lack of political experience.

But, in the aftermath of the Trump win, it appears she’s open to the idea. “I thought, ‘Oh gee I don’t have the experience,” Winfrey said. “I don’t know enough. And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh? Oh!’”

As she notes in the clip below, Trump has proven a political resume isn’t requisite for winning the White House.

Plus, we know she made her billions from scratch. Truly self-made.