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Trump has a ‘dark psychic force’ says Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson

Trump has a ‘dark psychic force’ says Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonDemocratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has warned that Donald Trump’s “dark psychic force” will not be defeated by detailed policy discussions.The celebrity spiritual adviser, who was the most searched for candidate on Google during the second Democratic debate, had a surprisingly successful night for her long-shot 2020 campaign with a series of unconventional soundbites.While her opponents battled over the details of healthcare and immigration policy, Ms Williamson deployed sweeping and at times bizarre language to share her message.On the issue of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she received one of the night’s biggest reactions from the studio audience.“We have communities, particularly communities of colour and disadvantaged communities all over this country who are suffering from environmental injustice,” Ms Williamson said.“I assure you, I lived in Grosse Pointe [a wealthy Michigan coastal area] – what happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. This is part of the dark underbelly of American society.”Then Ms Williamson turned to her fellow Democratic candidates.“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivised 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,” she told them.Although Ms Williamson’s use of spiritual language in a presidential debate was unusual, the problem she raised – over whether Democrats should focus on policy or message to defeat Mr Trump – is a more widely-acknowledged issue.The debate on Tuesday night highlighted a clear divide between the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic Party, as liberal candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders clashed with candidates, such as John Delaney, who are attempting to beat Mr Trump from the centre ground.In a fiery exchange, Ms Warren took on Mr Delaney, when the former congressman suggested that her policies were unrealistic.“I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for,” Ms Warren replied.However, despite a largely successful debate performance, Ms Williamson is unlikely to become a serious candidate in the Democratic race.All polls have shown her campaign way behind the Democratic frontrunners (polling at 1 per cent at best, compared to Joe Biden at about 33 per cent), even though she has occasionally polled ahead of more established candidates, such as Bill De Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand and Mr Delaney.Ms Williamson has also faced criticism as her campaign has received more attention and scrutiny.In June, she was criticised for calling vaccine mandates too “draconian” and “Orwellian” – although she later denied that she was anti-vaccination.More generally, she has been accused of encouraging unfounded New Age philosophy in her self-help books, which promote love, peace and positive thinking as solutions to the world’s ills.When asked after Tuesday’s debate how successful her performance was, Ms Williamson reportedly told CNN journalist Sarah Mucha: “I’ll tell you later when I see the memes.”The second Democratic debate, which will feature Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will take place on Wednesday 31 July.



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Marianne Williamson on reparations, her emails with Oprah and going viral

Marianne Williamson on reparations, her emails with Oprah and going viralSelf-help guru and bestselling author Marianne Williamson has been one of the buzziest candidates running in the Democratic presidential primary, even if she’s polling at less than 1 percent.



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Marianne Williamson takes on the 'dark psychic force' of Trumpism

Marianne Williamson takes on the 'dark psychic force' of TrumpismThe spiritual author and self-help guru claimed her rival Democratic presidential candidates are ignoring the "dark psychic force" of President Trump's rhetoric.



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Marianne Williamson explains the need for slavery reparations: 'A debt that is owed'

Marianne Williamson explains the need for slavery reparations: 'A debt that is owed'The self-help author helped herself Tuesday with a stirring answer on the question of slavery reparations.



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Marianne Williamson talked of 'love' at the last debate. This time, she's changing her delivery but not her message

Marianne Williamson  talked of 'love' at the last debate. This time, she's changing her delivery but not her messageHer performance in the first debate drew praise and mockery. Now Marianne Williamson will forgo traditional debate prep, but her message will be the same.



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Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson

Stephen Colbert Goes Easy on Anti-Science Presidential Candidate Marianne WilliamsonScott Kowalchyk/CBSOn Monday night, comedian Stephen Colbert welcomed Marianne Williamson, the “spiritual guru” turned 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, to his late-night program. After reading off her list of accomplishments, which includes activism work and a series of bestselling self-help books, Colbert asked Williamson what sets her apart from the rest of the packed Dem field. “I want to be an agent of change,” offered Williamson, who was there to promote her new book, A Politics of Love. “Now, love is not always associated with the presidency… would you be able to order other people to go kill our enemies?” asked Colbert—a question that seemed mildly sexist when posed to a woman candidate. “Absolutely,” Williamson replied. “I think that when you take an oath of office of the president of the United States, part of that oath means that you are commander-in-chief, absolutely. But if you’re going to talk about peace, you can’t just back up into peace.” Then, well, Colbert served up a few softball questions, asking her “what it’s like to be up on the stage with those nine other people” and whether she feels “marginalized” (Williamson blamed the “political media-industrial complex” for why she’s considered a left-field candidate).  The host then compared her to President Trump, saying, “We have someone who is a businessman with no political experience in office now. That makes someone who is from what we would think of as kind of the normative political track that we’ve seen in American history very appealing. That might be one of the reasons why Joe Biden is so appealing.” “This might be the case where what you would consider the ‘safe’ choice is the most dangerous thing we could possibly do,” said Williamson. “The president’s problem is not that he lacked political experience, it’s that he lacked ethics—and he seems to lack a visceral taste for democracy. I don’t like this idea, you said I lack political experience?Hollywood’s Embarrassing Embrace of Marianne Williamson for President“There’s this almost Wizard of Oz idea that—this idea of this political class and something’s going on behind the curtain and they know what to do in the ways that the rest of us don’t. I think when we think of political qualifications today, we should expand our sense of what those qualifications are,” she continued. “A political qualification today should include political vision; it should include moral certitude; it should include the capacity to move groups of people—large groups of people—toward a common goal, a common vision, a common democracy, a love for our world and a love for our planet.” (It’s rather unclear what Williamson’s “political vision” is.) She added, “A lot of experienced politicians led us into Iraq. And anybody who says that I’m an amateur at what they do? I’m sorry, Stephen, they’re an amateur at what I can do.” “Nicely said,” Colbert responded. All in all, it was a disappointing performance from Colbert, who failed to challenge Williamson on any of her controversial anti-science views—from her anti-vaxx stance (she’s referred to vaccine mandates as “Orwellian” and “draconian” and compared vaccines to “the abortion debate”), to how she’s questioned the validity of depression, to how she believes obesity can apparently be triumphed over by “surrendering your weight to God.” Or, you know, this gem:  And of course, Hollywood is on board. Colbert, on the other hand, should know better. SNL’s Kate McKinnon Debuts Spot-On Marianne Williamson ImpressionRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Republicans start donating to Marianne Williamson to keep her in future Democratic debates

Republicans start donating to Marianne Williamson to keep her in future Democratic debatesMarianne Williamson's off-beat approach has some Republicans giving to her campaign as a way to keep her in future debates to make them less serious.



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