The Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has answered the claims that were made by ex-employees this week, alleging that she became angry during her unsuccessful campaign for president in 2020.
According to POLITICO, twelve of her ex-employees allegedly attested that Williamson, previously a self-help writer and spiritual advisor before running for president, was not the same person when not in the public eye.
The former staffer, who spoke to POLITICO under condition of anonymity, described the atmosphere as "foaming, spitting, uncontrollable rage" and acknowledged that "it was traumatic and the experience was ultimately terrifying."
Various personnel reported to the news source that the applicant's outbursts were loud enough to prompt hotel security to investigate, and at least three mentioned examples of Williamson allegedly hurling her phone at personnel who had provoked her. All of the personnel interviewed remembered witnessing her shouting at individuals until they wept.
On Thursday, Williamson had the chance to answer the claims in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News.
Williamson commented, “This is standard practice: producing negative articles, the White House press secretary and the ladies on 'The View' mocking me - these are all dirty tactics meant to show they are uncomfortable with the conversation I'm bringing to the table. It doesn't surprise me; this is what happens in politics.”
Former Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH), Williamson’s 2020 New Hampshire state director, expressed to POLITICO that the reports of her behavior were in line with his observations, conversations with staff members and his own personal experience dealing with Williamson on multiple occasions.
Williamson stated to Cavuto that he would not address Paul Hodes' conduct, but if anybody felt he had been disrespectful to them, he apologized. He also acknowledged this was a critical article and suggested that if some of it was accurate, he needed to make corrections in himself and his behavior.
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"However, that's not the case. Will I gain something from this experience? Certainly," she added. "But I believe that people can recognize the attempted manipulation by the establishment to keep me out of the competition."