Bestselling self-help author Marianne Williamson has announced her intention to challenge President Biden for the presidency in 2024, drawing the ire of many within her own party.
Speaking at her campaign kickoff event at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, Williamson called for a vision of justice and love that would “override the forces of hatred and injustice and fear.”
However, her candidacy has been dismissed by some Democrats, who are eager to throw their support behind Biden, widely considered one of the most revolutionary presidents in recent history.
Democratic activist and American lawyer Aaron Parnas has called on the media to stop legitimizing Williamson’s campaign, stating that “there is no legitimate primary. Biden is our nominee.” Santiago Mayer, founder and executive director of Voters of Tomorrow, has referred to Williamson as a “joke” running as a stunt to sell her books.
Despite the criticism, some have praised Williamson’s announcement. Steve Morris, senior producer at Recount Media, tweeted that her speech was “really quite compelling,” while acknowledging the danger of falling into cults.
Democrats REVOLT Against Unexpected 2024 Challenger to Biden, You WON’T Believe What They SaidWilliamson previously ran as an unconventional candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race, emphasizing the politics of love and calling for economic justice, reparations for descendants of African-American slaves, and the creation of a Department of Peace.
As the first Democrat with a national following to challenge the 80-year-old president, Williamson faces an uphill battle to secure the nomination. However, she remains committed to her vision of justice and love, and is determined to make a difference in a country plagued by hatred and division.