You Might Laugh At Marianne Williamson, But There Are Millions Of Her Across The Country By Katya Sedgwick for The Federalist
Considering that Marianne Williamson drew parallels between herself and Donald Trump’s rise, conservatives should be careful what they wish for.
Presume every single one of my semi-urban middle-class, middle-aged female neighbors does yoga. Enter Marianne Williamson.
In addition to being a Democratic presidential contender, Williamson is some sort of a failed actress who was big in Los Angeles in the 1980s—not as an actress, but as a New Age guru. She is an author of several best-sellers on the topic of “metaphysics,” and she’s been on “Oprah” countless times. She officiated an Elizabeth Taylor wedding, remains popular with Hollywood celebrities, and is endorsed by former presidential contender Dennis Kucinich.
A charismatic cult leader, Williamson advises her followers to forego science-based Western medicine in favor of spiritual healing: “God is BIG, swine flu SMALL,” the metaphysician instructed her followers in April 2009. “See every cell of your body filled with divine light. Pour God’s love on our immune systems. Truth protects.”
Whatever that “truth” might be, it apparently underlies mundane political realities: “Just beneath the surface, this isn’t politics it’s black magic. Entirely a psychic battle. Use your shield of Virtue and your sword of Truth.” Close your eyes, and follow Marianne’s lead. She’ll beam you up: “Your body is merely your space station from whence you beam your love to the universe. Don’t just relate to the station; relate to the beams.”
After the celebrity cult leader debuted at the presidential debates, Republicans began donating money to her campaign with the goal of keeping her show on the road. Yet, considering that Williamson herself drew parallels between herself and Trump’s rise, conservatives should be careful what they wish for.
Policy Is a Sideshow Here
Not bothering with details like policy positions (who cares? It’s all black magic anyway!), Williamson presented her candidacy as a big-picture alternative to Trump. She spoke of “metaphysics of love” to counter Trump’s “hate” and explained that Trump didn’t win with policy proposals; he won by saying “make America great again.” Her flakiness might be a turn off for the wonks who watch presidential debates that early in an election campaign, but did we not see the handmade “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” signs in our neighbors’ front yards?