In an exclusive interview with ABC News‘ Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday’s “This Week,” Marianne Williamson, a self-help author and Democratic presidential candidate, shared that she does not view her unlikely campaign for the presidency as a challenge to President Joe Biden, but rather as an opportunity to challenge the existing system.
Williamson discussed her motivations for seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2024, despite her unsuccessful presidential run in 2020 and a failed congressional campaign in 2014.
“I want to be president because this country needs to make an economic U-turn,” Williamson explained. “The system that effectuates and perpetuates that kind of income and opportunity inequality is not changing itself. … It’s not going to change if we continue to elect the same-old, same-old.”
Williamson is an American author, spiritual teacher, and political activist. She has also been a frequent guest on talk shows, and has been a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.In addition to her work as an author and spiritual teacher, Williamson has been involved in political activism.
“Do you expect that Biden will debate you?” Karl asked.
“He certainly should debate me. It’s called democracy. And I’m running as well,” she remarked.
Williamson discussed her belief that the election system is rigged against the American people. She argued that politicians must be willing to engage with people on a deeper level and connect with them in order to build trust and create meaningful change.
Williamson said, “Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have both said to the American people, “’I understand your rage. I understand you’re upset with an obviously economically rigged system.’”
“And that is what the Democrats need to offer in 2024, a president who isn’t just saying, ‘oh, it’s going well,’ to millions of people for whom nothing like that is true, but rather we understand that you are living at the effect of an unjust economic system. And we are going to change that.”
Williamson ran as an independent candidate for Congress in 2014, and later sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election. During her campaign, Williamson emphasized the need for love and compassion in politics, and advocated for a number of progressive policies.
During the interview, Williamson continued to slam Biden and the Democrat Party, claiming she doesn’t have a fair shot.
WILLIAMSON: The DNC should not be rigging this system. They don’t even pretend anymore. They’re not even covert about their — their swaying the — the primary season. They’re very overt about it. They’re going to get —
KARL: So that’s what’s going on, is they’re rigging the system for Biden?
WILLIAMSON: They even admit that, Jonathan.
WILLIAMSON: They admit that. They know that the president did not do well in New Hampshire. They know that New Hampshirites are very open to independent and more progressive voices.
Although she was not successful in winning the Democratic nomination, Williamson has continued to be active in politics and social justice issues.
Williamson was born on July 8, 1952, in Houston, Texas. Williamson is best known for her books on spiritual and personal growth, including “A Return to Love,” which was a New York Times bestseller. She is also a prominent advocate for holistic health and healing, and has written extensively on the subject. Williamson has been recognized for her contributions to spirituality and personal growth, and has received numerous awards and honors for her work.