Williamson becomes first Biden challenger in Democratic primary

Washington (AP) — best-selling self-help author Marianne WilliamsonBringing quirky spiritualism to the 2020 presidential election, she announced she would run for president again, becoming the first major Democrat to challenge for the presidency. Joe Biden for his party’s nomination for 2024.

Williamson officially kicks off his campaign Saturday at an event in Washington. donald trumpshe said in a Facebook post over the weekend that his unconventional White House victory made it “strange to think that anyone knows who can win the presidency.”

“I’m not going to do this all over again just to add to the conversation,” Williamson wrote. “I am running for president to help end an extraordinary chapter in our history and bring about a new beginning.”

Williamson, 70, plans to travel to states voting early in Democratic primaries following the announcement in Washington. has suggested that she will participate in the state’s primary if the Democratic National Committee goes against the rules of the Democratic National Committee and holds the nation’s first presidential nomination contest regardless of the Republican Party. Make South Carolina a lead-off state Towards 2024.

“Having 40 years of intimate experience with the trauma of thousands of individuals has given me a unique perspective on what it takes to fix America,” Williamson said. “We need a politics that addresses not only the symptoms but also the causes. ”

Williamson is, so far, the only Democrat in the race. Biden has yet to announce a formal re-election candidacy, which his aides say will likely take place in April.

Her main challenge to the incumbent president of her own party would be the longest long shot under any circumstances. Even potential presidential candidates who could have competed with Biden From the left or center – behind the president closed the ranks with remarkable uniformity.

Williamson, Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual adviser and online memorabilia provider, has spent nearly a year seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

one of her signature proposal The plan was to create a US Department of Peace. She also advocated that the federal government pay huge monetary compensation to black Americans as compensation for centuries of slavery and discrimination.

She took a break from her campaign just weeks before the 2020 leadoff Iowa caucuses, then backed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 bid. He finished second in the Democratic primary against Biden.

The author of more than a dozen books and a 2014 independent candidate for Congress from California, Williamson first made a name for himself on the national stage in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, she was a vocal supporter of Sanders’ progressive challenge to eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

This time, she invoked a theme Biden used frequently before last fall’s presidential election. midterm electionswhen the Democratic Party showed amazing resilienceThe president claims that American democracy is under threat from extreme “MAGA Republicans” loyal to Trump’s Make America Great Again movement. Williamson said the country’s political traditions may not withstand today’s threats.

“Today we must protect the bounty of democracy,” she wrote in a Facebook post, “and expect the threat of authoritarianism later.”