It’s less clear that America needs Ms. Williamson, a sometime spiritual guru to Oprah Winfrey among her other accomplishments, in the White House. But she sticks up here for the political outsider and the idea of fresh talent and the power of a new perspective, in a way that’s — well, attention-grabbing if not entirely persuasive.
Vogue didn’t include Williamson in a recent photo shoot featuring female candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for 2020. Williamson thought that wasn’t fair. Vogue reportedly told her “the magazine was only featuring female candidates with political experience.” But Williamson’s appeal is based in large part on the idea that political experience is the same old-same old, and it will take coming in from a new, outsider’s angle to get America’s political sickness off top dead center.
Her instantly-epic closing statement from the first Democratic debates speaks for itself.
I have an idea about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not going to be beaten just by insider politics or talk. He’s not going to be beaten just by somebody who has plans. He’s going to be beaten by somebody who has an idea what this man has done. This man has reached into the psyche of the American people and he’s harnessed fear for political purposes.
So Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me, please. You have harnessed fear for political purposes, and only love can cast that out. So I, sir, I have a feeling you know what you’re doing. I’m going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field. And, sir, love will win.
Actress Frances Fisher photoshopped Williamson into the Vogue image looking in from the outside through a window (of course, someone had already photoshopped Hillary Clinton into it as a sort of framed icon).
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) July 3, 2019
Williamson went Fisher one better and posted the image on Instagram, with herself looming benignly from the frame on the wall. PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil, writing on this audacious move, featured the photoshopped image in our Tweet of the Day.
.@voguemagazine excludes @marwilliamson. @Frances_Fisher posts the Vogue photo with Williamson on the outside looking in. Williamson responds by putting herself in the photo on the wall, suggesting she's the real winner and the others are pretenders. Well done — epic. pic.twitter.com/sDOVnAGFFJ
— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) July 5, 2019
Who wouldn’t love to see Williamson and Trump trolling (and photobombing) each other throughout 2020?