Self-help author Marianne Williamson has announced her candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Election, becoming the first prominent Democrat to challenge President Joe Biden’s re-election bid.
In her Facebook post, Williamson cited the unconventional victory of former President Donald Trump as evidence that it is impossible to predict who will win the presidency.
She stated that she is running for president to help bring about a new beginning and to close an aberrational chapter in American history.
Williamson’s candidacy against a sitting President from her own party is seen as highly unlikely, especially given the current unity of the Democratic establishment and potential candidates who may have competed against Biden from the left or middle.
Nonetheless, Williamson is planning to launch her campaign with an event in Washington before traveling to early voting states, including New Hampshire, where she has suggested that she may participate in the state’s primary if it defies Democratic National Committee rules.
Williamson is the author of over a dozen books and is known for her spiritual beliefs, including being a spiritual adviser to Oprah Winfrey. During her previous presidential campaign in 2020, she proposed creating a Department of Peace and advocated for reparations to be paid to Black Americans as a form of atonement for the United States’ history of slavery and discrimination. Williamson eventually suspended her campaign before the Iowa caucus and went on to endorse Bernie Sanders.
Despite speculation about Biden’s re-election bid, he has not yet announced his intention to run, although his wife, Jill Biden, has indicated that he will likely do so soon.
In a recent interview, Jill Biden said that there is “pretty much” nothing left for the President to do except pick a time and place to announce his re-election bid. However, Biden himself has stated that there are other things he needs to finish in the near-term before launching his campaign.
Williamson’s candidacy raises questions about the future of the Democratic Party and its direction in the coming years. While she is seen as a long-shot candidate, her ideas and beliefs could bring attention to certain issues that may not have been as prominent in previous elections.
Her focus on repairing America and addressing the causes of problems, rather than just treating their symptoms, could resonate with voters who are looking for a fresh approach to politics.
In conclusion, Williamson’s announcement of her candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Election as a Democrat has made her the first major challenger to President Biden.
Despite the unlikelihood of her candidacy succeeding, her campaign could bring attention to important issues and ideas that may not have been given enough attention in previous elections. It remains to be seen how her candidacy will impact the Democratic Party and the presidential election in 2024.