When Democrats take to the stage next Tuesday for their final presidential debate, they will be doing so with one less candidate running in their ranks: spiritual guru Marianne Williamson.
Williamson, who did not qualify for the debate and never polled above one percent, announced on Friday that she was officially ending her bid. She previously fired her campaign staff at the end of 2019.
In a statement posted to her website, Williamson said: “We will not be able to garner enough votes in the election to elevate our conversation any more than it is now.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 11, 2020
Reuters reports: “Williamson won admirers if not voters with a spirituality-focused campaign that promoted a politics of love and of conscience. She advocated a Department of Peace and embraced an economic justice agenda to repair the damage done by so-called trickle-down economics.”
Williamson, also an author, a motivational speaker, and a self-proclaimed “spiritual guide,” prioritized policies around “gun control, education reform, and equal rights for lesbian and gay communities,” according to the report.
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She has barely registered in the polls and struggled in fundraising since launching her bid for president last January.
Williamson laid off her entire staff from her campaign at the end of last year, but continued to appear at campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire in recent weeks.
Williamson maintained a relatively quiet presence on the national scene but caused some chatter when she claimed President Trump was bringing a “dark psychic force” to the White House.
“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days,” she during a debate in July.
Here’s how some people responded to the announcement:
No, the universe suspended Marianne Williamson's campaign https://t.co/h0i0g8LLGB
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 10, 2020
Thank you for helping me find my way to a deeper and more positive engagement with politics than I ever had before. Thank you for showing us that our shared national life can be a sacred, joyful thing. We will keep carrying the banner of love as we move toward election day!
— Kim (@ktrayn78) January 10, 2020
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: Marianne Williamson returning to her celestial palace after dropping out of the Presidential race. pic.twitter.com/1yNRXL935k
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 10, 2020
You're letting the dark psychic forces win just when America needs you most
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 10, 2020
Never knew you were running.
— Glen (@gbillups2) January 10, 2020