Best-selling author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has ended her 2020 presidential campaign.
Her large following (her books have sold more than 3 million copies, and she is close with several celebrities) was enough to separate her from a pack of literally hundreds of other non-politicians waging quixotic presidential campaigns, as she and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang became the only two non-elected-officials to qualify for the first two debates. Her belief was that President Donald Trump won because he exploited fear, not because of policy; therefore, she would run on a platform that love would overcome fear. With caucuses and primaries now about to begin, however, we will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now. Williamson, who often expressed frustration with the Democratic party, was something of an outlier maverick noted for her purported desire for "social revolution". I think we did it, "she wrote in a statement on her website".
During her campaign she also released plans on "racial reconciliation and healing" and was a strong supporter of reparations for slavery, explaining that, on an "emotional, psychological and spiritual" level, the country couldn't afford not to pay them.
Her sign off on Friday mirrored her campaign message: "A politics of conscience is still yet possible".
In October, Williamson failed to qualify for the OH democratic debate, responding in a Washington Post editorial that the debate "contained no magic".
Looks like the White House won't get a much-needed sage-burning cleanse that Marianne Williamson likely would have implemented on Day One as President of the United States. She met the polling and fundraising thresholds for the first Democratic debate earlier than seasoned lawmakers like Sen.
While her campaign could be at times be cringe-worthy, Williamson had some great, earnest moments on the debate stage, which she had not qualified for since July. In the third quarter of 2019, her cash flow slowed to a trickle, amounting to approximately $3 million versus the eight-figure hauls brought in by top-tier candidates like Bernie Sanders ($25.3 million) and Elizabeth Warren ($24.6 million). "And yes....love will prevail".