If you found yourself thinking, “Who is this woman that’s randomly picking a fight with New Zealand?” during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, you’re not alone.
It was Marianne Williamson, for the record. She is a self-help author and a spiritual advisor to Oprah, among other things. She may not have been the biggest name on the debate stage in Miami, but she was… the most eccentric.
“Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me, please. You have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 28, 2019
While the evening was largely a masterclass in smacking down Joe Biden, Williamson’s answers had a totally different vibe that seemed wholly out of place. She at times struggled to get a word in against the other nine candidates, but when she did speak she certainly left an impression.
She is big in the New Age world (and seems also to be skirting around the edges of anti-vaxxer territory), but many people were convinced that she’s got some kind of mystical powers.
Marianne Williamson is the only candidate bold enough to propose a witchcraft based health care system.
— Guy Branum (@guybranum) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson for Secretary of Crystals.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson just climbed out from under my bed, I don’t know how
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 28, 2019
i found the witch that cursed me and it’s marianne williamson
— 𝘋𝘈𝘙𝘊𝘐𝘌 𝘞𝘐𝘓𝘋𝘌𝘙 (@333333333433333) June 28, 2019
There is a 0% chance of me voting for Marianne Williamson but there is a 38% chance of me joining a cult led by Marianne Williamson (as a bit, at first, but then very much not as a bit)
— Molly Fitzpatrick (@mollyfitz) June 28, 2019
Others were confused by her seeming desire to beat New Zealand in the non-existent competition for best country.
“What will be your first priority when you become President?
Other candidates: “Climate change” “Economic justice” “Tax reform”
Biden: “I knew Obama”
Marianne Williamson: “Talking shit to New Zealand”
— Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) June 28, 2019
And others spotted her potential to move into a role on HBO’s Big Little Lies.
marianne’s big little lies audition is going perfectly
— yohana desta (@yohanadesta) June 28, 2019
Whose mother is Marianne Williamson playing on Big Little Lies next season
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) June 28, 2019
She may have made a splash in the debate, but a move to HBO still seems more likely than her being cast as our next president.