Marianne Williamson closed out her performance on Night 2 of the Democratic debates Thursday with a direct address to the camera, telling President Donald Trump — and the rest of America — that she would harness the power of love for political purposes to defeat him.
The best-selling author and self-help guru had a slow start in the debates but when it came to creating memorable moments, she eventually held her own against more recognized candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris.
However, nobody seems to know what to make of her.
Before the debates, Williamson was mostly known for her skepticism about vaccines. She also joked about learning to speak Spanish after watching the first night of the debates where Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker addressed the audience in the language.
But after Thursday night’s performance, social media was abuzz with viewers wondering who Williamson was and marveling at her answers, including the one in which she said the first thing she would do as president would be to call New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and say, “Girl, you are so on,” a reference to Ardern’s emphasis on building a country that treats its children well, one Williamson seemed to indicate she would emulate.
She also referenced John F. Kennedy sending people to the moon during an exchange about climate change and made clear that she has an aversion to plans.
Here are some of the reactions people on Twitter had to Williamson’s performance.
“Marianne Williamson really hates plans,” wrote Emily Nussbaum.
“Marianne Williamson for Secretary of Crystals,” wrote Michael Ian Black.
A few people on twitter pointed to a 2017 tweet of Williamson’s.
“If you want a simple explanation for what’s happening in America, watch AVATAR again.”
Expect the James Cameron film to come in for close reading from debate viewers transfixed by Williamson’s performance and eager to learn more about her platform.
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