Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

Democrat Marianne Williamson ends presidential campaign

Democrat Marianne Williamson ends presidential campaign

Marianne Williamson announced on Friday that she would be suspending her presidential campaign.

Williamson made a splash as the most-searched candidate following her appearance in the first Democratic debate last summer, but failed to poll high enough to qualify beyond the second debate.

A spiritual adviser who's written self-help books, who often spoke of love as the ideal strategy for challenging President Donald Trump in November, is the 14th Democratic candidate to quit the race.

"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", she said.

At a July debate, Williamson caught Americans off guard when she offered a clear-eyed denunciation not just of Trumpism, but an inability of Democrats to tap into the frustrations everyday Americans have about economic and social injustice.

In an early sign of what was to come, Williamson reportedly laid off her entire campaign staff at the start of the new year due to dwindling campaign cash. "I feel that we have done that", she declared in a statement. And today there's a new one: no I don't support Scientology.

In October, Williamson failed to qualify for the OH democratic debate, responding in a Washington Post editorial that the debate "contained no magic".

Williamson faced scrutiny over past controversial comments about vaccines and mental health, including in a contentious interview on CNN where she was challenged by Anderson Cooper over past comments criticizing the prescribing of antidepressants, which she later attempted to take back.

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.

Shortly after announcing that she was quitting the 2020 race, the author tweeted, "A policy of conscience is still possible".

The first-time candidate had her fair share of inexperienced gaffes that endeared her to the internet, if not the public at large.

The candidate had trouble gaining traction during her campaign road due to her crunchy, "psychic" approach to America's issues, as well as a thinner-stated platform than the other potential Dem nominees. "And yes....love will prevail".

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