Marianne Williamson had a lot to live up to after her performance at the first set of Democratic debates left a distinct impression in June. She did not disappoint.
This time, viewers were ready for the bestselling self-help author who left many intrigued yet puzzled with her promise to harness the power of love to defeat Trump.
During the Democratic debate in Detroit on Tuesday, Williamson embraced her position as a Washington outsider by pointing out everything she saw as “wrong about American politics.”
Though her moments were brief, Williamson was more than just a meme-worthy figure when she directly called out systemic racism and injustices faced by communities of color when addressing the Flint water crisis.
According to Williamson, “Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.”
“This is part of the dark underbelly of American society,” she said. “If you think any of this wonkiness [on stage] is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivized hatred that this president is bringing up in this country, then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days. We need to say it like it is. It’s more than just Flint. It’s all over this country.”
At least some of social media rallied behind Williamson for her frankness about racism as well as the support she expressed for reparations for African Americans.
Marianne Williamson has had 3 or 4 knockout applause lines tonight, in striking contrast with the four white republican guys I can’t tell apart— Natalie Shure (@nataliesurely) July 31, 2019
Marianne Williamson— alex (@alex_abads) July 31, 2019
Pros: wants to cure racism
Cons: more likely to give us measles, mumps, and rubella
That said, plenty of people were tweeting in anticipation of Williamson even before she was asked any questions from the moderators and many were ready to make fun.
Marianne Williamson is making history by being the first presidential candidate to be a Kristen Wiig character from 2010.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) July 31, 2019
Throughout the debate, Twitter also responded to other Williamson moments, including the shade she threw to the moderators who cut her off earlier in the evening and when she threw out a “Seinfeld” worthy line when talking about campaign finance.
“I hope you come back to me this time.”— Heather Gardner (@heathergtv) July 31, 2019
Marianne Williamson ain’t messin around!
Williamson’s critics, however, were quick to point out their thoughts about the spiritual guru outside of her debate performance.
When everyone starts to wonder why there's a growing movement against medicine and medical science in this country I guess I'll have to remind you all of this moment when you thought it was cool to say Marianne Williamson made some good points.— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) July 31, 2019
Marianne: We need a plan to keep the moon from the hands of the psychic minions that attack the crystal farms in the west, the east, the middle earth, we must keep the overlords from the underlords, we must hold the center, we must ouija board salisbury steak fate seth speaks.— Tod Goldberg (@todgoldberg) July 31, 2019