Author Marianne Williamson formally announced Saturday that she’s running for president in 2024, her second bid for the White House following an unsuccessful campaign in 2020.
Her announcement likely sets up the first – albeit long-shot – Democratic primary challenge to President Joe Biden, who has long said he intends to run for reelection but has yet to make a formal announcement.
“I have run for president before,” she told supporters at her campaign launch at Union Station in Washington. “I’m not naive about the forces which have no intention of allowing anyone into this conversation who does not align with their predetermined agenda.”
Williamson spoke for roughly 20 minutes, mostly about economic and social injustice, along with corruption in Washington.
“The status quo will not disrupt itself; that’s our job,” she said. “Let the people get in there. We’ll handle it from here.”
In a statement last month teasing her announcement, Williamson said she was motivated by “a realization of the Democratic Party’s shift away from the party of President Franklin Roosevelt” and “the economic injustices endured by millions of Americans due to the influence of corporate money on our political system.”
“The opponent is not a specific situation or circumstance,” Williamson said Saturday. “The opponent is an economic mindset that has had its grip on this country for the last 50 years.”