With President Joe Biden showing hesitancy to announce a reelection bid, the only formal Democratic presidential candidate at this time is Marianne Williamson.
Williamson’s 2020 presidential bid did not fare well. She is known as an eccentric “spiritual guru” and co-founder of the “Peace Alliance.” She is reportedly an advocate of establishing a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding.
However, former staffers report that Williamson is not a person of peace — alleging she frequently displayed “uncontrollable rage” while trying to manage her failed 2020 campaign.
Politico reported that multiple staff members have reported experiencing emotional and verbal abuse while working with Williamson.
One former staffer reportedly told Politico: “It would be foaming, spitting, uncontrollable rage. It was traumatic. And the experience, in the end, was terrifying.”
According to the Washington Examiner, staffers conveyed that during the campaign, Williamson subjected employees “to unpredictable episodes of anger that went beyond the typical stress levels of a presidential campaign.”
Staffers added that Williamson threw her phone at employees on several occasions and publicly berated them “until they began to cry.”
Staffers also noted that on at least four occasions, the volume of the spiritual guru’s outbursts prompted hotel staff to go to Williamson’s room to ensure everything was OK.
Williamson has characterized the claims as “slanderous” and “categorically untrue.” In an interview with Politico, Williamson asserted she had never thrown a phone at a staffer. However, she acknowledged that hotel staff did come to her room due to noise levels on “at least one occasion.”
Williamson defended her actions by saying: “I find it hard to believe that people in politics have never raised their voice before.”
Politico reported that Williamson is also known to become physical during fits of anger. One staffer recounted a time when the candidate pounded a car door in anger, requiring her to be treated at an urgent care center later that day.
Williamson confirmed to Politico that she received treatment at an urgent care facility after hitting a car door but minimized the happening by stating a “car door is not a person.”
“I would never be physically hurtful to a person,” she added.
Williamson is not expected to attract widespread support in her bid for president. One former staffer noted that those who have worked with Williamson in her 2020 campaign are now coming forward so potential voters will “know whom they were voting for.”
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