While 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is spreading the love, Vogue is spreading the snub. Of all the female candidates profiled in the magazine’s “Women of 2020” feature, the self-help new age guru who pledged to meet President Trump on the “field of love” was nowhere to be found.
“Vogue published a splashy feature Thursday headlined, ‘Madam President? Five Candidates on What It Will Take to Shatter the Most Stubborn Glass Ceiling,’ that excluded from its group photo and interview the sixth female hopeful, Marianne Williamson,” reports Fox News.
The feature profiled Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), leaving Marianne Williamson out in the cold. The snub did not go over well for some on social media.
“Not including Marianne Williamson is just rude. So none of these ‘strong inclusive’ women thought Marianne was good enough?” asked one Twitter user.
“Somewhere Marianne Williamson is harnessing ‘left out’ energy,” opined Molly Jong-Fast.
“Could you let us know why [Williamson] was not included in the shoot? Feels elitist and undemocratic, unsure how intentional this was,” said author Brian Adams.
“This is straight-up disrespectful to Marianne Williamson,” declared Siraj Hashmi of the Washington Examiner.
Though Williamson did not respond to an inquiry from Fox News, she did address the controversy on Twitter and blasted Vogue for including only women who were elected officials, noting that the U.S. Constitution says nothing about a presidential candidate being an elected official.
“And what does that mean, exactly? The Constitution says qualifications are 35 or older, born here, and to have lived here for 14 years,” Williamson wrote. “Nothing else. They were leaving it to every generation to determine for itself the skill set it feels is most needed to navigate their times.”
Marianne Williamson rose to prominence in the early 1990s as a regular guest on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where she would often preach her new-age philosophy about love, healing, and external forces that people can harness. She became a surprise favorite at the Democratic Party presidential debate last week when she energetically spoke in her spiritual platitudes, while promising to call the prime minister of New Zealand to boast about how the United States will become the greatest place to raise a child on planet earth.
“My first call is to the prime minister of New Zealand, who said that her goal is to make New Zealand the place where it’s the best place in the world for a child to grow up,” said Williamson last Thursday. “I would tell her, ‘Girlfriend, you are so wrong,’ because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up.”
Republicans could not get enough of it and have since been donating to her campaign just for the entertainment of seeing her on the debate stage for the next several months. And some liberals have warned that Democrats should not ignore her candidacy, arguing that she’s the perfect embodiment of a left-wing Donald Trump — an ultra-feminine public figure who appeals to wellness-oriented suburban housewives better than does a Marxist radical like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Rolling Stone even referred to her as the “cosmic sorceress we need now.”
Over at the Los Angeles Times, Mary McNamara warned Democrats to “ignore Marianne Williamson at your own peril.” Vogue certainly did not get the message.