Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson pushed back against what she described as a false narrative surrounding her, insisting that she is not a “wacky new-age nutcase.”
“The establishment media sees me as a real threat to the status quo,” Williamson told Hill.TV during an interview that aired on Tuesday.
“People are so invested in creating this false narrative about me as the ‘crystal lady,’ ‘wacky new-age nutcase.’ If you really think about it, I must be doing something right that they’re so scared,” she added.
Williamson, a self-help author and spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey, insisted that the U.S. doesn’t need another traditional candidate who will push incremental change, arguing that the current economic system is fundamentally broken.
“People say our system is broken — it’s not just broken, it’s corrupt to the core. It’s not just that our economy isn’t working for everyone, it’s that our economy has become completely taken over by corporate forces,” she said.
Williamson also said that one way to fix America and defeat President Trump is through a “spiritual awakening.”
“This president is not just a politician — this president is a phenomenon and an insider politics game will not defeat him,” she said. “The only thing that will defeat this phenomenon is another phenomenon and the phenomenon that will defeat him is a spiritual awakening in this country.” …
Williamson didn’t speak much during the first Democratic debate last month, but when she did, she captured the attention of Twitter, inspiring an onslaught of jokes and memes. She was also one of the most searched-for candidates on Google during the debate.
Leading up to the second round of debates, the self-help guru said she hopes to be taken more seriously by the public, noting that voters take a candidate’s character into consideration as well as their policies.
“I want the American people to see who I am as a woman — I think people are watching not only for what your policies are, but who you are,” she said.
I don’t know about the “New Age” part, but Madison Dibble provides evidence about the “wacky” “nutcase” part:
Spiritual advisor turned presidential candidate Marianne Williamson called for Americans to invest between $200 and $500 billion in reparations for slavery in the United States.
During the second round of presidential debates Tuesday night on CNN, Williamson — who was a longtime spiritual advisor to Oprah Winfrey — laid out her vision and reasoning behind her support for racial reparations in the United States.
The debate on reparations has taken many forms. Some candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), support the development of a federally-funded commission to study the financial implications of slavery on black Americans. Others, like Williamson, support cash payments to black Americans to address the financial fallout from slavery and the Jim Crow era.
While O’Rourke offered vague support for a reparations bill, Williamson had already done the math on exactly how much Americans should pay to “cure” the pain of slavery that exists today.“It’s not $500 billion in financial assistance. It’s $500 billion — 200 to 500 billion dollars — payment of a debt that is owed. That is what reparations is. We need some deep truth-telling when it comes. We don’t need another commission to look at [the] evidence. I appreciate what Congressman O’Rourke has said. It is time for us to simply realize that this country will not heal. All that a country is a collection of people. People heal when there’s deep truth-telling. We need to recognize when it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, it does come from a great injustice that has never been dealt with. That great injustice has had to do with the fact that there was 250 years of slavery followed by another hundred years of domestic terrorism.”
Williamson noted that, at the close of the Civil War, many newly freed black Americans requested 40 acres and a mule be distributed to each former slave as a payment for the atrocities of slavery. She added that, in today’s dollars, that would be a total investment of more than $1 trillion to be paid to black Americans.
“If you did the math today, it would be trillions of dollars, and I believe that anything less than a hundred billion dollars is an insult and I believe the 200 to 500 billion is politically feasible today because so many Americans realize there is an injustice that continues to form a toxicity underneath the surface, an emotional turbulence that only reparations will heal.”
Her statements on reparations earned one of the loudest applause of the evening.
Here’s some truth-telling, Marianne. At least 360,000 Americans — 12,216 from Wisconsin — died in the Civil War to end slavery. Williamson’s stupid proposal (and similar proposals from other Democrats) are an insult to their memory.