Marianne Williamson closed out her performance on Night 2 of the Democratic debates Thursday with a direct address to the camera, telling President Trump — and the rest of America — that she would harness the power of love for political purposes to defeat him.
The bestselling self-help author had a slow start in the debates, but when it came to creating memorable moments, she eventually held her own against more recognized candidates such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris.
However, nobody seems to know what to make of her.
Before the debates, Williamson was mostly known for her skepticism about vaccines. She also joked about learning to speak Spanish after watching the first night of the debates where Julián Castro, Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker addressed the audience in the language.
But after Thursday night’s performance, social media were abuzz with viewers wondering who Williamson was and marveling at her answers, including the one in which she said the first thing she would do as president would be to call the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and say, “Girl, you are so on,” a reference to Ardern’s emphasis on building a country that treats its children well, one Williamson seemed to indicate she would emulate.
She also referenced John F. Kennedy sending people to the moon during an exchange about climate change and made clear that she has an aversion to plans.
Here are some of the reactions people had to Williamson’s performance.
Marianne Williamson really hates plans.— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson for Secretary of Crystals.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson is like a sentient glass of Chardonnay.— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson’s mid Atlantic accent conclusively proves that she taught herself to speak with screwball comedies from the 1940/— Claire Fallon (@ClaireEFallon) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson is the only candidate bold enough to propose a witchcraft based health care system.— Guy Branum (@guybranum) June 28, 2019
Marianne Williamson giving off Big Kristen Wiig As Liza Minnelli Tries to Turn Off a Lamp Energy tonight— Slade (@Slade) June 28, 2019
A few people on twitter pointed to a 2017 tweet of Williamson’s.
If you want a simple explanation for what's happening in America, watch AVATAR again.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) October 26, 2017
Expect the James Cameron film to come in for close reading from debate viewers transfixed by Williamson’s performance and eager to learn more about her platform.