Although it was no secret how slim Williamson’s chances were of advancing in this challenge to Joe Biden -the party’s almost certain nominee-, both she and Phillips bet on her proposals and decided at the time to move forward.
However, Williamson had disappointing results in New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
“I read a quote the other day that said sunsets are a proof that endings can also be beautiful,” Williamson said in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday in which she announced the end of her presidential campaign.
Williamson launched his risky bid for the White House in March 2023, even before Joe Biden publicly declared his re-election.
“Our job is to create a vision of justice and love that is so powerful it overcomes the forces of hatred, injustice and fear,” Williamson said at his opening event at Washington’s Union Station.
She also ran for the U.S. presidency in 2020, but dropped out of the race a few weeks before the primary election process began.
According to local media, prior to the New Hampshire primary, Williamson appeared to suggest to voters that former President Donald Trump would win this year’s general election.
“I don’t have good feelings about what will happen in 2024, (…) it won’t be like 2020 (when Biden won). 2024 will be like 2016 (Trump’s win),” he warned at a town hall event in Portsmouth.
Williamson lashed out at Democrats for pushing an anti-Trump narrative in the 2024 campaign and for her that strategy will not be enough for electoral success this cycle.
“Try to beat Donald Trump by saying things are going well – really? For 20% of us, things are going well. … For 80% of Americans, the idea that things are going well economically is like a slap in the face,” Williamson stressed.
Socioeconomic inequality was the centerpiece of Williamson’s campaign. Her campaign’s official website specified that “if you’re in the top 20% of Americans with the highest incomes, the economy is doing well,” “but that 20% live on an island surrounded by a sea of economic despair.”
The primaries conducted so far were one-sided, because while Biden achieved 96.2% in South Carolina his rivals fell far behind in that same state.
Williamson barely reached 2.1% and the Minnesota representative 1.7%.