Marianne Williamson knocks Vogue for not including her in photo shoot of women running for president

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Biden, Sanders, Warren support dips in new poll MORE knocked Vogue magazine on Tuesday for not including her in a photo shoot of the women running in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, saying the Framers of the Constitution did not make Vogue "the gatekeeper."

Vogue ran a feature on Monday entitled “Madam President? Five Candidates on What It Will Take to Shatter the Most Stubborn Glass Ceiling.”


The profile and photo shoot included five presidential candidates and Democratic lawmakers — Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (Hawaii), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand: Rosy economic outlook not 'reflected in everyday, kitchen-table issues families are facing' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination MORE (N.Y.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE (Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (Minn.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (Mass.)

Williamson, the only other woman running for the Democratic nomination, was excluded from the high-profile magazine shoot with photographer Annie Leibovitz.

She told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that she learned of the snub when the article came out.  

“The Framers of the Constitution were very clear about who’s qualified to run for president. They did not make any media, certainly not Vogue magazine, the gatekeeper here,” Williamson said. “The Framers of the Constitution said in order to run for president, in order to be qualified to be president, you have to have been born here, you have to have lived here 14 years, and you have to be 35 years or older.”

“If they wanted to say you had to be an elected official, they would have. And they didn’t for a reason,” she added.

Williamson said the Founding Fathers left it up to each generation to determine what “skill set is necessary in order to navigate the times in which we live.”

She hit the “insidious” bias of those in the media who suggest that only those who have been elected to office in the past are qualified for the Oval Office. 

Vogue, in a statement to CNN, said it wanted the focus to be on the politicians. 

“We’re in no way discrediting Marianne Williamson and all she’s accomplished. For the photo, Vogue wanted to highlight the five female lawmakers who bring a collective 40 years of political experience to this race," the magazine said. 

The candidate, who was onstage with Gillibrand and Harris during the second night of the Democratic debates in Miami last week, is briefly mentioned in the Vogue article and is referred to as “spiritual adviser to Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyMichelle Obama: 'There's zero chance' I run for president Michael Moore urges Michelle Obama to run against Trump Marianne Williamson: Oprah is 'absolutely not' advising me on presidential run MORE.”

Williamson’s communications director Patricia Ewing last week pushed back on the title of “spiritual guru (or any type of guru)."

“Also not her occupation: Oprah’s BFF or Oprah’s guru. (Or, any title that rightfully belongs to Gayle KingGayle KingMichelle Obama to present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation Prize Marianne Williamson: Oprah is 'absolutely not' advising me on presidential run CBS's Gayle King asks Pressley whether calling Trump 'occupant' of the Oval Office is respectful MORE.)” the statement said.

The Vogue article does mention that Williamson is tied with Gillibrand in recent polls with less than 1 percent support.