Marianne Williamson's freaky presidential campaign comes to an end

Grant Boone
January 13, 2020

Williamson, 67, who has always polled the bottom of the Democratic pack of potential candidates, said that she "stayed in the running to take advantage of all possible efforts to share our message", but that it has become clear that 'she will have enough votes to get the 2020 nomination.

In a Facebook statement, Williamson said she was suspending her campaign because she would not be able to get enough votes to (quote) "elevate our conversation any more than it is now".

But those debates required a polling threshold of only 1 percent and a donor threshold of only 65,000 unique contributors - relatively achievable goals.

"These are not times to despair", she said. Williamson made slavery reparations, child welfare and a proposed "Department of Peace" pillars of her platform.

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At July's debate in Detroit, Williamson called the primary process "wonky".

At the July debate in Detroit, she had one of the loudest applause lines when she pointed to the water crisis in the nearby majority-black city of Flint, Michigan, to highlight racial and economic injustice. This is part of the dark underbelly of American society. Williamson's main splash in the mainstream came through viral moments during the first two Democratic debates, earning her online support and inspiring a bevy of memes and making her one of the most Googled candidates after early debates, according to the search giant.

"I don't think that there's gender to love, I don't think there's sexuality to love", Williamson said. She took heat for some comments regarded as anti-science and unsafe, including calling mandatory vaccines "Orwellian" (she later apologized) and calling clinical depression a Big Pharma "scam". She also attracted attention during the debate the following month, when she declared that President Donald Trump had exploited a "dark psychic force of collective hatred". "I am going to harness love for political purposes".

Let's hope love wins in 2020. Williamson, who often expressed frustration with the Democratic party, was something of an outlier maverick noted for her purported desire for "social revolution".

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