Marianne Williamson has announced that she is interested in running for president in 2020. Who is she and what are her qualifications? Well, they are both one and the same. She is a friend and spiritual adviser to Oprah Winfrey. She has also written some books on spirituality. Certainly, that’s all the qualifications you need. Maybe George Soros’ barber will decide to run or Alyssa Milano’s maid.
“We had a miracle in this country in 1776 and we need another one,” the Williamson said in a video announcement. “It’s going to be a co-creative effort, an effort of love and a gift of love, to our country and hopefully to our world. ( America needs to get)“back to an ethical center that is the true exceptionalism of the American ideal.”
While the 66-year-old Williamson is not a familiar name inside the Beltway, it is not her first time dabbling in national politics. In 2014, she raised $2 million in bid to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman in California, running as an independent. She earned endorsements from high-profile Democrats like former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Williamson came in fourth out of sixteen candidates with 13 percent of the vote with Rep. Ted Lieu eventually prevailing.
“She has not talked to me. I don’t know anything about it,” Granholm said in a text message when asked about Williamson’s presidential ambitions.
During her congressional bid, Williamson decried what she called America’s “permanent war machine,” the mass incarceration of people of color, and economic inequality. After she lost, Williamson told Oprah in an interview that she learned a lot from the experience.