Self-styled spiritual guru Marianne Williamson launched a long-shot White House bid in 2020 and is gearing up to give it another go in next year’s Democratic presidential campaign.
Aside from having little national name recognition and a track record of endorsing controversial opinions, a new bombshell report might doom her candidacy before President Joe Biden even announces whether he will be running for re-election.
As Politico reported, staffers who worked on her last presidential campaign reported that she frequently erupted on them in angry and abusive tirades.
“It would be foaming, spitting, uncontrollable rage,” one source recalled. “It was traumatic. And the experience, in the end, was terrifying.”
While a presidential candidate might be excused for the occasional outburst amid the stress of such a high-profile campaign, Williamson’s former staffers said that her reactions went far beyond the pale.
Among the anecdotes included in the Politico report were several incidents during which the candidate berated staffers or threw her phone in anger, causing the recipients of her rage to cry. Several shouting matches were so loud, sources claimed, that they led to intervention by hotel employees.
For her part, Williamson is denying the more serious allegations as “slanderous” and “categorically untrue,” though she acknowledged that a hotel employee did knock on the door to check on the situation.
“I find it hard to believe that people in politics have never raised their voice before,” she said.
As for claims of physical violence or intimidation against staffers, Williamson maintained that she only let her anger out on inanimate objects like her car door. She reportedly suffered a hand injury after punching a vehicle that required a visit to a medical facility.
“I would never be physically hurtful to a person,” she said, noting that a “car door is not a person.”
Even before the latest allegations against her, the Biden administration took a dismissive view of her 2024 candidacy.
In response to a reporter’s question about it earlier this month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that she is “just not tracking that.”
She went on to take an apparent shot at Williamson’s new-age self-help guru status, adding: “If I had a — what is it called? A little globe here, a crystal ball, then I could tell you. A magic 8-ball, whatever, I could feel her aura. But I just don’t have anything to share on that.”