Marianne Williamson: ‘I am not a cult leader’
Spiritual guru and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson clarified on Twitter Tuesday that she is not “a cult leader” and claimed she does not question vaccine science.
The 66-year-old self-help book author made the statement about a month after she first had to clarify her stance on vaccinations in the US.
“I am not a cult leader. I am not anti-science (that one is almost funny, given how much I quote Einstein). And I am not an anti-vaxxer” Williamson wrote in her tweet Tuesday.
“Hoping that if I repeat it 3 to 4 times a day I might penetrate the field of lies created to keep some people out of the conversation,” she added.
In June, Williamson reportedly said at a campaign event that, “the US government doesn’t tell any citizen, in my book, what they have to do with their body or their child.”
After drawing criticism, she backed away from the vaccine-questioning rhetoric and released a statement on Twitter, writing: “I understand that many vaccines are important and save lives. I recognize there are epidemics around the world that are stopped by vaccines.”
“I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma. I am sorry that I made comments which sounded as though I question the validity of life-saving vaccines. That is not my feeling and I realize that I misspoke,” she added.
Williamson, who was once hailed as a “spiritual legend” by Gwyneth Paltrow, garnered national headlines after she delivered passionate but rambling responses during the first 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate.
In her closing remarks that night, she addressed President Trump directly, saying he had “harnessed fear” during his presidency.
“Mr. President, if you’re listening, I want you to hear me please: you have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out,” she said.
“So I sir… I’m going to harness love for political purposes and will meet you on that field and start loving you,” she added.
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