The Democratic field of 2020 presidential candidates just got a bit smaller.
Author and self-help guru Marianne Williamson has announced that she is officially “suspending” her 2020 campaign.
Recently, reports emerged that Williamson has been laying off members of her campaign staff, and we now know why. On Friday, Williamson gave notice to her supporters that her presidential bid is at an end.
“As of today, therefore, I’m suspending my campaign,” she wrote on her campaign website.
Williamson explained that her decision was driven by the realization that she simply will not be able to compete with the Democratic frontrunners, like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Knowing this, she explained that she doesn’t want to get in the way of their chances at victory.
“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,” Williamson wrote. “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.”
Williamson, surely, knew all along that she would not be able to “garner enough votes.” So it has to be asked — why did she bother running in the first place?
The simple answer is that it gave her a platform.
“I stayed in the race to take advantage of every possible effort to share our message,” Williamson explained. She continued:
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.
This may be the case. But going forward, Williamson will have to continue her efforts from the sideline.
Despite having to call it quits, Williamson doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings. In fact, she vowed to support the winner of the Democratic primary with all of her “energy and full support.” She concluded her campaign suspension letter with a message to her supporters.
“Finally, these are not times to despair,” Williamson wrote. “They are simply times to rise up. Things are changing swiftly and dramatically in this country, and I have faith that something is awakening among us. A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes…love will prevail.”