Marianne Williamson Endorses Bernie Sanders During Surprise Appearance at Texas Rally

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders Sunday during a surprise appearance at a rally for the progressive candidate in Austin, Texas.

"He won Iowa. He won New Hampshire. He won Nevada," she told the crowd, according to The Washington Post. "Bernie Sanders has been taking a stand for a very long time."

"We're here and we're with Bernie," the self-help guru added.

Williamson, who formally ended her campaign on January 10, was raised in Texas where the rally was taking place. After failing to qualify for multiple debates, Williamson laid off her entire campaign staff roughly a week before formally dropping out of the race.

She later announced her support for former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Williamson said her aim was to assist Yang in getting "past the early primaries." Yang went on to end his long-shot campaign earlier this month as New Hampshire results were rolling in.

Williamson's support for Sanders comes after she previously noted her affection for the progressive candidate, as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Following her appearance, Williamson shared a statement announcing her endorsement to Twitter. "What happened in Nevada on Saturday was extraordinary, and the energy is unquestionably with Bernie," she wrote. "A 40 yr-old trend of capitalism without conscience—corporate elites and their errand boys in government—have created the inevitable blowback in the form of a political revolution."

My statement of endorsement. pic.twitter.com/Bm2JqCFQCd

— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 23, 2020

She added: "That revolution is one that Bernie Sanders now leads, and I want to do everything I can to further its success. I am honored to endorse him."

Newsweek reached out to Marianne Williamson and Sanders' campaign for additional comment.

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SURPRISE GUEST ENDORSEMENT @BernieSanders AT AUSTIN RALLY

“Bernie sanders has been taking a stand for a very long time...
It’s time for us to take a stand with Bernie. It’s our turn now.” @marwilliamson pic.twitter.com/oy68hvxqyN

— Andrew Craft (@AndrewCraft) February 23, 2020

Williamson's endorsement comes after Sanders made political history Saturday by becoming the first candidate, Democrat or Republican, to secure the popular vote in all three early states in a competitive primary following his Nevada caucuses victory.

The Vermont senator dominated Nevada this weekend, with 46 percent of caucus voters backing his campaign for president. Only 19 percent supported former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign and 15 percent supported former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Although Al Gore once won Iowa, New Hampshire and Delaware, his first three Democratic primary contests, the former vice president was only up against one opponent, New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.

Sanders' strong position in all three early voting states has solidified his status as the Democratic frontrunner. A new CBS/YouGov poll, released one day after Sanders' Nevada caucuses win, showed the senator holding a nine-point lead over Senator Elizabeth Warren, his progressive rival, with 28 percent of support from Democratic voters. Warren trailed behind in second with 19 percent, while former Vice President Joe Biden followed in third with 17 percent.

The next Democratic primary will be in South Carolina on February 29.

Marianne Williamson
Democratic presidential candidate, author Marianne Williamson addresses the audience at the Environmental Justice Presidential Candidate Forum at South Carolina State University on November 8, 2019 in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty