Marianne Williamson says she will remove Oval Office portrait of Andrew Jackson if elected

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors 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."

"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.