Politico ran a blatant hit piece on Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, quoting a dozen former staffers who are telling stories of rage and abuse behind closed doors from the first leftist to challenge President Biden for the party’s nomination in 2024.
It’s an understatement to say that Williamson is a longshot for the Democratic Party nomination. However, that fact doesn’t seem to have stopped leftists and the media from pulling out the long knives to go after her.
She launched her campaign two weeks ago by taking a swing at Biden that apparently has earned her the wrath of the political machine, claiming, “The people who are in power do not have the solutions or do not deeply support the solutions, and people who do have the solutions do not have the power. Once again, let the people get in there; we’ll handle it from here.”
Enter Politico. On Tuesday, the media outlet published writer Lauren Egan’s lengthy, 1,500-word-plus article titled “Marianne Williamson’s ‘abusive’ treatment of 2020 campaign staff, revealed” and subtitled it “The self-help guru, who is running for president again, was emotionally and verbally abusive to staff, according to interviews with former employees.”
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“Those interviewed say the best-selling author and spiritual adviser subjected her employees to unpredictable, explosive episodes of anger. They said Williamson could be cruel and demeaning to her staff and that her behavior went far beyond the typical stress of a grueling presidential cycle,” Egan wrote.
Marianne Williamson is running for President. pic.twitter.com/mDWavHoFRS
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 4, 2023
“Williamson would throw her phone at staffers, according to three of those former staffers. Her outbursts could be so loud that two former aides recounted at least four occasions when hotel staff knocked on her door to check on the situation. In one instance, Williamson got so angry about the logistics of a campaign trip to South Carolina that she felt was poorly planned that she pounded a car door until her hand started to swell, according to four former staffers. Ultimately, she had to go to an urgent care facility, they said. All 12 former staffers interviewed recalled instances where Williamson would scream at people until they started to cry,” Politico reported.
The diatribe consists mostly of predictably anonymous quotes and anecdotes from “12 people who worked for Williamson during her 2020 presidential campaign.”
“It would be foaming, spitting, uncontrollable rage… It was traumatic. And the experience, in the end, was terrifying,” one quote read.
Another railed, “She would get caught in these vicious emotional loops where she would yell and scream hysterically… This was day after day after day. It wasn’t that she was having a bad day or moment. It was just boom, boom, boom — and often for no legitimate reason.”
“The message was: ‘dont f*** with me because I will make your life a living hell.’ So no one f***ed with her…” one anonymous staffer commented.
In a resignation email sent to Williamson on Aug. 14, 2019, the campaign’s then-Iowa state director, Robert Becker, wrote that her treatment of staff was “belittling, abusive, dehumanizing and unacceptable,” according to a copy of an email obtained by Politico.
Becker added, “I cannot in good faith subject any future campaign hires to this kind of vitriol. For 30 years I have had zero-tolerance for bullying in the workplace, and that has to include the principle.”
“I did go out on a limb for you, but more importantly I had no idea that you would’ve seen me that way… Hopefully I will learn from what you have said, and hopefully you will not say such things to others,” Williamson reportedly responded via email.
The staffers claimed that “Williamson’s behavior was beyond the boundaries of acceptable regardless of her gender.”
Williamson called the allegations against her “slanderous.” However, she reportedly confirmed and expounded on some details in emails exchanged with Politico.
Former two-term Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) who served as Williamson’s state director in 2020 is claiming the reports of her temper are true.
“What Politico reported was entirely consistent with what I saw on the campaign and what I personally experienced with her on multiple occasions,” Hodes told Fox News on Thursday.
Hodes remarked that “there are multiple reasons why I’m not helping her this time around. Her behavior is one reason.”
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON UPSET TO HEAR WHITE HOUSE JOKES ABOUT HER: After Williamson said she'd challenge Pres. Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2024, #TheView co-hosts react to the White House press secretary's response. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/ALG3IbgrOc
— The View (@TheView) March 8, 2023
“It’s important that we have a president with the right temperament,” he stated. “It’s really important to have leadership that is calm under pressure. The presidency is a very stressful job… you really need leadership that can be calm under pressure.”
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