Marianne Williamson, a longtime author, lecturer, and self-help guru, is launching another bid for the Democrat nomination for president after her first campaign in 2020 went down in flames.
Williamson garnered attention during the 2020 primary debates, but, like then-Senator Kamala Harris, dropped out before voting started. Williamson later endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“I am now officially a candidate for the President of the United States,” the 70-year-old declared on her website. “We are not living in easy times, but the times will change when we are willing to change them. I feel my forty years being up close and personal with the trauma of so many thousands of individuals gives me a unique perspective on what is needed to help repair America.”
Marianne Williamson is running for President. pic.twitter.com/mDWavHoFRS
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 4, 2023
Williamson was widely mocked online after announcing her longshot bid for the White House.
“The media needs to stop legitimizing Marianne Williamson’s campaign for President,” leftist activist Aaron Parnas wrote in a now-deleted tweet, according to Fox News. “President Biden has been one of the most revolutionary Presidents in recent history and has the full support of Democrats across America. There is no legitimate primary. Biden is our nominee.”
Santiago Mayer, the founder and executive director of Voters of Tomorrow, tweeted: “Let’s be clear: Marianne Williamson is a joke. She’s a fundamentally unserious candidate running as a stunt to sell her books.”
Left-wing propagandist Lindy Li said on MSNBC: “The best way to handle her is to not address her at all.”
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The Daily Wire previously noted that Williamson, who was born in Houston, is Jewish and would become the first Jewish nominee for a major American political party if successfully nominated. She studied for two years at Pomona College, although she subsequently dropped out. She published her first book in 1992, and spent much of the 1990s and 2000s as a frequent television guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” among other popular programs.
In 2014, Williamson ran as an independent in the election for California’s 33rd Congressional District — a heavily Democratic section of Los Angeles. In her race, she ran as a full-spectrum progressive, emphasizing civil liberty, humanitarian, environmental, and welfare state issues. Williamson eventually finished fourth out of 16 candidates, thus failing to qualify for a run-off in California’s “jungle primary” system. Although unusual in her candidate profile and general aura, Williamson describes herself as a “pretty straight-line progressive Democrat.”