Marianne Williamson is defending herself after a tweet she posted about warding off Hurricane Dorian with the “power of the mind” was ridiculed. The presidential candidate subsequently deleted the controversial tweet after commenters pounced.
While most of the criticism made fun of her new age message, some accused it of being insensitive in light of Dorian’s rising death toll and widespread damage.
The 67-year-old spiritual adviser replaced the message with a more generic tweet, offering up prayers to those affected by Dorian, writing, “May the peace of God be upon them and their hearts be comforted as they endure the storm.”
Prayers for the people of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. May the peace of God be upon them and their hearts be comforted as they endure the storm.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
But she stood her ground in a response to journalist and popular Twitter user Yashar Ali. (Ali contributes to HuffPost, which is owned by Verizon Media, the parent company of Yahoo.) Earlier on Wednesday, Ali alerted his followers that Williamson had deleted the tweet, though he did not comment on its content.
It’s not the first time their paths have crossed. On Aug. 1, two unnamed sources told Ali that after the most recent CNN Democratic debate, Williamson’s guest had allegedly scolded a staffer for improperly knocking on the candidate’s dressing room door. His tweet sharing the story prompted Williamson’s friend, actress Frances Fisher, to identify herself as the guest in question and explain why she’d objected to the “jarring knock.” She went on to demand that he “delete [the] incendiary post.” He did not do so.
Now Williamson has accused Ali of trying to “mischaracterize” her image by posting a screenshot of the deleted Dorian tweet. She also challenged him to an “honest and fair public dialogue,” adding, “I’m neither crazy, irresponsible nor dangerous.”
Since you obviously want to debunk, counter or mischaracterize anything I do, would you like to have an honest and fair public dialogue? Since I’m neither crazy, irresponsible nor dangerous, I would appreciate the opportunity to counter the caricature.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
Ali rebuffed the offer and pointed out that he “did not editorialize” over its content.
Not sure why this tweet provoked your frustration @marwilliamson. I simply noted that you deleted a tweet.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 4, 2019
I did not editorialize.
With respect to your offer to have an "public dialogue," thank you but I am reserving my time to speak to candidates who qualified for the debate. https://t.co/HdrbJXwP7E
He also defended himself from Fisher after the Titanic actress called him a “b****” for posting her friend’s deleted tweet. Williamson, he argued, should expect to be held accountable for her messaging as a presidential candidate.
2. Your friend wishes to be taken seriously as a candidate @Frances_Fisher. If thats what she wants, she is subject to the same accountability as any other candidate. If they deleted a similar tweet & changed the framing as much as she did, I would note ithttps://t.co/fiv2IIA9G2— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 4, 2019
Fisher also hit out at Ali’s refusal to “clear the air” in a “public dialogue,” as Williamson had requested.
Which is it?— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) September 4, 2019
You’re “...reserving my time to speak to candidates who qualified for the debate.”...
Yet you have time to stir the pot on a candidate you deem unworthy.
You dish it out but can’t take an invitation to clear the air?
Williamson — who just defended her views in a New York Times profile this week — also lashed out at “the overly secularized Left” for treating those who pray with “mockery or condescension.”
Prayer is a power of the mind, and it is neither bizarre nor unintelligent. People of faith belong in the Democratic Party, and will be necessary to the effort if we’re to win in 2020.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
I was born and raised in Texas so I’ve seen it. Millions of people today are praying that Dorian turn away from land, and treating those people with mockery or condescension because they believe it could help is part of how the overly secularized Left has lost lots of voters.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
Even so, Williamson’s original tweet continues to make the rounds on Twitter, though her supporters have demanded that she be taken more seriously.
So, umm, while I wouldn’t have thought this necessary:— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) September 4, 2019
Anyone who tells me Marianne Williamson might have prayed Hurricane Dorian down to a Category 2 just gets insta-blocked.
We live in the very dumbest of times. I just can’t.
Fun fact: Pliny the Elder believed women could turn hurricanes away by stripping naked on the deck of a ship, which means we should all be real concerned about what Marianne Williamson's next plan is pic.twitter.com/jNbyptbbnT— Sady Doyle (@sadydoyle) September 4, 2019
I guess 400,000 Bahamans didn't use the power of their minds enough. https://t.co/Dhaz9whBlh— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) September 4, 2019
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