By Justin Chermol
Marianne Williamson, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, believes the U.S. is in need of a 'spiritual awakening' ー politically, economically, and internationally.
"The spiritual path is the path of the heart," Williamson told Cheddar in an interview Thursday.
Her philosophy may seem particular to some, but Williamson said her message is resonating with voters: "I believe that the American people are ready for a deeper, more real, more authentic conversation. And so far, it's working. I'm here."
The Houston-born, New York Times bestselling author announced her presidential run in January, and has spent significant time in early caucus states like New Hampshire and Iowa. Williamson's campaign is still 19,900 unique donations short of the 65,000 required to be included in the democratic primary debates this summer.
"I'm running for president because I know that only this deeper conversation will actually transform this country. The traditional political conversation is very superficial. It is neither intellectually, nor emotionally, nor psychologically sober," Williamson added.
Williamson's 2020 agenda includes major policy proposals such as universal healthcare, tuition-free higher education, establishing a Green New Deal, and increasing the minimum wage. Nevertheless, Williamson's overall message is about introducing the American people to a new ideologies.
"The American people need to wake up. What is happening now for instance with Donald Trump did not come out of nowhere. I think we all need to take responsibility for that," Williamson said. "So there needs to be a massive awakening on the part of all of us and we need to lay claim to what we want. There are far more people who love in this country than hate."
Williamson's critiques of President Trump notably steered clear of his potential ties with Russia during the 2016 election and his xenophobic immigration policy, which other democrats have largely focused on.
"The way I see Donald Trump is kind of like an opportunistic infection: couldn't have gotten hold of us if we haven't been so weak in our immune system," she said.
On foreign policy, Williamson said she was dismayed by the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week ー an electoral victory celebrated by President Trump.
"If I'm president, the U.S. will have an equal, a passionate, an equal commitment to both the security concerns of Israel, and the human rights and hopes and dignities and economic opportunities of the Palestinian people," Williamson said.
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