One nation, under GOOP — Marianne Williamson cast a spell on Michiganders during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday.
While Sen. Kamala Harris walked away having commanded the four-hour debate, most notably with her takedown of former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition of federally ordered school bussing during the 1970s, during which she pressed him to define his stance on racial justice issues, Michigan was under the spell of Williamson — a New York Times bestselling author, self-help legend, Project Angel Food founder, and former spiritual adviser to Oprah.
Born in Houston, Williamson lived in metro Detroit from 1998 through 2006 when she served as minister at the nondenominational Church of Today in Warren (now Ferndale's Renaissance Unity Church).
Our 2001 cover story on Williamson.
“I came there to be the interim minister at what was then the Church of Today. Like many people, I went there to stay for a year and stayed almost a decade," Williamson told The Detroit News in May, later adding, “Detroit is a piece of my heart.”
Williamson was also the subject of a 2001 Metro Times cover story, after her then-latest book, Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, was released. Her local ties may not be the only reason the 66-year-old recently had Michigan Googling the shit out of her. Last week, Williamson sat in on an episode of The View, during which she was grilled for having once referred to vaccine mandates as “draconian and Orwellian.”
“I am not anti-vaccine,” she said, adding that she may have misspoken on the topic previously.
During last night's debate, Williamson doubled down on her lack of belief in big pharma by referring to the country's current health care system as a “sickness care system,” and tripled down on her disinterest in talking about pesky political plans, saying, “It's really nice that we have all these plans, but if you think we're going to beat Donald Trump by just having all these plans, you've got another thing coming.”
marianne williamson is the first presidential candidate from the twin peaks universe
Though she failed to clinch the seat during her 2014 run for Congress in the 33rd District of California despite garnering celeb support from Katy Perry, Nicole Richie, and Kim Kardashian West, Williamson proved that she may have a few new tricks up her sleeve for the presidential bid.
For one, as her first presidential business, she's going to conduct a sassy phone call to the prime minister of New Zealand, who said that NZ is the best place in the world for a child to grow up.
“Girlfriend, you are so wrong, because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up.”
Mixing some ayahuasca with oat milk & glaring at a map of New Zealand in honor of Marianne Williamson.
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