Marianne Williamson Rebukes 'Entrenched' Establishment, Says 'Mean' Political Left Lies Like Republicans

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said her spiritual and principle-based campaign is meant to re-bond a country torn apart by President Donald Trump and an amoral economy.

Williamson took on the "entrenched" political establishment and said principles which are inscribed in marble and on documents have been left to die in the American people themselves. The longtime self-help author said the religious and spiritual foundations of the U.S. -- and not the status quo -- ended slavery and enacted civil rights as she made the case that "harnessing emotions is crucial to beating Donald Trump." But she also took aim at liberals, criticizing The New Yorker interviewer David Remnick's description of her as a "crystal gazing kook" as he quoted other news media personalities' characterization of her on a personal level.

Williamson said that before she entered the campaign she only expected such nasty name-calling from Republicans and members of the political right.

Williamson has amassed 130,000 unique individual donors and recently received a middle-of-the-pack 2 percent in a recent Monmouth poll. She did not qualify for the upcoming official Democratic Party debate and spoke with Remnick Wednesday about her intention to psychologically and emotionally re-bond the American people should she be elected president.

"I challenge the idea that only the people whose careers have been entrenched for years in the limitations of the mindset that drove us into this ditch are qualified to lead us out of this ditch," Williamson told the longtime editor of The New Yorker magazine. "I think this is one of those times in American history [that requires a spiritual leader]."

She said Trump's election has meant that "nothing is the same as far as we see ourselves," and she later acknowledged seeing the New York businessman at a Mar-a-Lago AIDS fundraiser in the 1990s.

She described Trump at the time of his marriage to Marla Maples as a "vulgar American character. I didn't hate him. He was very different; he even looked very different." Despite Remnick's repeated pushing, Williamson refused to detail her additional thoughts on the now-president's change of facial appearance since the 1980s.

She also took on Democrats and members of the U.S. news media for their characterization of her as a crystal ball-gazing anti-vaxxer -- a description she thoroughly rejected on both counts.

"I know this sounds naive. I didn't think the left was so mean. I didn't think the left lied like this," Williamson said. "I thought the right did that. I thought we were better."

She added that she never told anyone to replace medicine with love and has never told anyone to be more loving as a means of defeating disease. "I'm Jewish, I go to the doctor," she quipped.

In discussing tangible policies under a Williamson administration, she touted her path to a "moral economy" that moves away from trickle-down economics which includes the repeal of the 2017 tax cut for the wealthiest Americans in favor of reinstating a middle-class tax cut. She said her administration would stop billion-dollar corporate subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and she would take back the government's negotiating power with big pharmaceutical companies.

Williamson said she would also separate the military's bloated budget from what they are asking for versus what defense contractors are demanding to make short-term profits.

She said "the worst aspects of human character have been harnessed for political purposes: racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, homophobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, etcetera."

In defending her call for more spiritual leadership and guidance, she pointed to U.S. history: "Slavery did not end because the political status quo of the time woke up and decided to end slavery religious and spiritual foundation...the people rose up, the people stepped in." Williamson credited herself with inspiring all the other 2020 Democratic candidates to prominently place reparations among their campaign promises.

Williamson called for holding capitalism accountable and described herself as a capitalist. But she urged Americans to seek capitalism with a conscience.

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Democratic presidential hopeful US author Marianne Williamson speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images