Self-help author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has polled among the bottom of a lengthy list of Democratic candidates running for the presidency but she did not allow more well-known candidates to tower over her in the second Democratic debate.
Williamson, instead, commandeered the event and produced one of its more viral moments.
The Associated Press reports Williamson called out President Trump’s “dark psychic force” and said the rest of the candidates on stage with her did not have what it takes to defeat him. She said their policies ought to be mostly tossed to the way side and recommended they work on improving their messaging.
“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days,” Williamson said via the report.
Fox News reports Willamson said the party needs to fight the “hatred” coming from the White House.
“It’s bigger than [the] Flint [water crisis],” Williamson contended. “It’s particularly people of color. It’s particularly people who do not have the money to fight back, and if the Democrats don’t start saying it, why would those people feel they’re there for us? I feel like they won’t vote for us, and Donald Trump will win.”
These comments were largely welcomed and loudly applauded, via the Associated Press:
The 67-year-old self-help author and spiritual adviser to Oprah Winfrey now vying for the Democratic presidential nomination doesn’t sound or carry herself like a politician. Speaking in wandering streams of consciousness, Williamson has an arresting style and a lilt to her voice, as well as an accent that sounds vaguely aristocratic — or at least nothing like most people who hail from her native Houston.
But on Tuesday’s opening night of back-to-back debates in Detroit, Williamson showed that as long as she’s in the race, she’ll keep things interesting. And that while those long, winding declarations don’t always make sense, they can occasionally produce powerful political moments.
Some of the loudest applause came when Williamson became the first of the 10 candidates on stage to evoke racism at length, calling it “part of the dark underbelly of American society.”
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Fox News adds:
After the debate, “dark psychic force” was trending on Google and Twitter.
Williamson, who was relatively unknown before the first debate in June, caught viewers by surprise when she said she would “harness the power of love” to beat Donald Trump.
In her closing statement last month she said her first call as president would be to New Zealand’s prime minister to tell her, “Girlfriend, you are so on,” regarding which country treats children better.
Marianne Williamson says Donald Trump is emboldening a "dark psychic force" in America that the Democrats won't defeat if they don't knock off "all this wonkiness." https://t.co/QPrGh6lgl7 pic.twitter.com/pEOImrSHBE
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