Marianne Williamson, the woman who wants to “harness the love,” ended her 2020 presidential campaign.

Williamson moved to Des Moines, IA, to gain some ground before the primary. However, she recently fired her entire staff.

Williamson wrote on her website:

I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible effort to share our message. 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. The primaries might be tightly contested among the top contenders, and I don’t want to get in the way of a progressive candidate winning any of them.

As of today, therefore, I’m suspending my campaign.

My deepest gratitude to those of you who supported my candidacy for all these months. The ideas we discussed are important, and I hope they’ll find seed in other ways and in other campaigns. From rescuing underserved, at risk and traumatized children; to proactively waging an agenda for peace and making humanity itself America’s greatest ally; to integrative health models within our health care system and incentivizing health; to reparations to achieve deeper reconciliation between races; to repudiating the corporate aristocracy; to the creation of a more mindful politics; to changing from an economic to a humanitarian bottom line; to initiating a season of moral repair—we brought issues to the fore that I hope contributed to the campaign season. I remain as committed to them going forward as I was on the day we began.

I learned many things about America during this campaign. I’m more convinced than ever that we’re a good and decent people, that democracy matters, and that what our country has always stood for is worth struggling for. I will continue in that struggle, and I know that you will too.

Williamson made a splash at one of the first debates when she declared only love could beat Trump:

“Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me, please: You have harnessed fear for political purposes, and only love can cast that out,” she declared from the debate stage in June. “I’m going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field, and sir, love will win.”

Williamson could not quite break 1% in the polls. She has not participated in debates since July.

Previous comments hurt Williamson, especially calling mandatory vaccines “Orwellian” and criticized anti-depressants.

Williamson tried to mend fences over the summer over her criticism of clinical depression. It did not move the needle much since she “stood by other remarks that mental health experts warned could increase the stigma surrounding mental illness and discourage people from seeking medical help.”

 

 
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