Marianne Williamson says she will remove Oval Office portrait of Andrew Jackson if elected
Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson touts endorsements for progressive congressional candidates The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Warren becomes latest 2020 rival to back Biden The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests MORE told a Native American forum Monday that she would remove the portrait of former President Andrew Jackson currently hanging in the Oval Office if she were elected.
The promise from the author and spiritual guru drew loud applause from the audience attending the forum in Sioux City, Iowa, put on by Native American voting rights organization Four Directions, according to Politico.
“We can atone. We can make amends. And if and when I’m president of the United States, we will,” she said. “We will begin by taking that picture of Andrew Jackson off the wall of the Oval Office, I assure you.”
As the seventh president of the United States, Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, which spurred the forced relocation of Native Americans across the country known as the Trail of Tears.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, a vocal fan of Jackson, reportedly made the decision to hang a painting of him in the Oval Office after he was inaugurated.
“I am not a Native American woman, but I find it one of the greatest insults,” Williamson said. “You will not be insulted. You will be more than not insulted.”
Williamson was among several 2020 presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), to address the forum.
Warren used her time to apologize over her previous claim of Native American heritage, saying she has made “mistakes.”
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“I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together,” she said.