This week, the southeastern United States faced the wrath of the monumental Hurricane Dorian, which was one of five Category 5 storms to form in the Atlantic Ocean in the course of four years. Democratic presidential candidate and longtime self-help guru Marianne Williamson went viral for a message she posted to Twitter about the situation in which she claimed that the “power of the mind” helped turn the storm away from delivering a more direct and thereby devastating blow to the United States. To be clear, the storm already ravaged The Bahamas before any of that mind power helped with a turn; in the face of scrutiny, Williamson deleted the tweet.
She originally had shared:
‘The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas…may all be in our prayers now. Millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land is not a wacky idea; it is a creative use of the power of the mind. Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for those in the way of the storm.’
After she deleted the message, she posted something else about the storm that was more widely palatable. Instead of the “mind power,” she spoke of prayer, sharing:
‘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.’
Williamson has spoken along these lines throughout her campaign, insisting that she’d lead a charge against incumbent President Donald Trump with the “power of love.” She has not qualified for the soon upcoming third Democratic presidential primary debate, although there’s still a chance for her and the other candidates who fell out of the running to qualify for the upcoming second debate in this fall round. The number of candidates actually making it to the stage fell dramatically between the spring and fall debates, hitting just 10 after a high of 20.
POLITICO notes that Williamson is not the only figure on the current national stage with a — let’s just say less than conventional approach to dealing with an onslaught of hurricanes. Although he’s denied it, according to an Axios report on official documentation of Trump meetings with top national security officials, he repeatedly suggesting sending nuclear weapons into hurricanes. Although the suggestion first emerged decades ago, it has long been roundly debunked. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) even has a publicly available Frequently Asked Questions page about the issue.
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