(SNews) – Former 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is expected to launch a primary challenge against President Joe Biden this weekend.
The news is a significant blow for Biden as he would have hoped to run unchallenged in 2024.
Historically, when incumbent presidents face primary challenges, they tend to lose in the general election.
Williamson plans on using Trump’s playbook to gain traction and it may work because as she says, Trump “hit a nerve.”
She said: “Apparently Biden’s going to run on a message that the economy is getting stronger.
“I think that speaks to the disconnect between the analysis of party elites versus the struggle of everyday Americans.
“We’re being asked to limit our political imaginations — to just accept the low unemployment and low inflation rate, that that is sort of the best that we can get.
“But that is a hollow victory.
“The majority of Americans are still struggling to survive.
“If Build Back Better had passed, that would have been quite extraordinary. But there’s a lot of sleight of hand here.
“For instance, there is more money in the Inflation Reduction Act given to green energy investment, all of which is good.
“But on the other hand, once again, there are more drilling permits than even were given under the Trump administration.
“How can the Democratic Party present itself as a champion of democracy and do something as undemocratic as overtly engineering the primary schedule to make sure that their chosen candidate would win it?
“That is spitting in the face of democracy.
“My strategy would be to tell the truth as I understand it.
“Did Donald Trump in 2016 have a strategy?
“I don’t think he had a strategy. He hit a nerve.
“The problem is that those in power do not have the solutions and those with solutions do not have the power.
“It’s almost heartbreaking to see all the people in this town, who work for NGOs who work for humanitarian organizations, who are talking about green energy, regenerative agriculture, climate change, carbon sequestration, peace building — the most they can get is a returned phone call.
“That is not the way to run a government.
“I’m certainly not anti-science,” she said of how the Democrats will attack her.
“I’m not anti-vax. I’m not the crystal lady.
“I didn’t tell people they got sick because they didn’t pray enough.
“Basically, I’m not stupid.”
Marianne Williamson is expected to announce her 2024 presidential run on the Democratic ticket.
A glimpse into her decision and why she thinks Biden isn't the right person to lead the party ⬇️https://t.co/s2GzsyOj6J
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