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WASHINGTON – Author Marianne Williamson, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, argued that President Trump’s “problem” isn’t his “lack of government experience” but rather “his lack of ethics.”
Critics of Trump often note that he was never elected to public office before winning the 2016 election. Williamson was asked for her response to Democratic voters who are critical of her lack of government experience as well.
“I don’t see the problem with the president as his lack of experience. I see the problem to be his lack of ethics and his lack of visceral taste, apparently, for democracy itself. If the president had wanted to bring in fine experts, political experts and mechanics, he could have and he didn’t. And any that he even got close to the job, he got rid of soon enough,” Williamson said at a National Press Club newsmakers event on Thursday.
“Very experienced politicians took us into Iraq and very experienced politicians agreed with the decision. Very experienced politicians took us into Vietnam. Very experienced politicians brought us here. We are naive to believe that all of these problems were created by Donald Trump. Rather all of these problems created Donald Trump. We need to do more than just not go over the cliff. We need to get out of the vicinity of the cliff,” she added.
Williamson explained that she admires “political expertise,” which is needed for “any successful administration” but argued she would bring “another kind of experience” to the table that’s “lacking in other candidates.”
“Franklin Roosevelt, himself, this is the president who led us through World War II and the president who brought us the New Deal and led us through the Depression. Hardly someone who didn’t understand policies and plans, he said that the most important role of the presidency is moral leadership,” she said.
“He said that the administrative aspect of the presidency is secondary. Do we need political experts? The Democratic Party is filled with them and of course we need them there but in a president we need more than a car mechanic but we need one who should discern what road we are on and that’s what I bring to the table,” she added.