Marianne Williamson, the new age self-help guru who is still, inexplicably, running for president is in the news again and not in a very flattering way. Fox News explains why.
“Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson got slammed on social media after she apparently fell for a fake news story Sunday night that claimed President Trump pardoned Charles Manson, the murderous cult leader who died in 2017. There is something deeply sinister about Trump pardoning Charles Manson, even posthumously,” she wrote to her 2.8 million Twitter followers. “Dog whistles of the very worst possible kind…”
The problem is that the story of Trump pardoning Manson first surfaced on a satirical site called MoronMajority. It was then picked up by the Daily Kos, a leftwing opinion and news site without labeling the story as satirical. Fox News speculates that Williamson picked up the story from Kos and tweeted it out. When the Twitter social media mob came down upon her for spreading fake news, Williamson deleted the original tweet and offered something of an apology. Then she deleted the apology.
Charles Manson was an ex-convict and failed musician who founded a cult, primarily of young women, in California in the late sixties. In an apparent attempt to start a race war, inspired by the Beatles song “Helter Skelter,” Manson inspired several of his cult members to commit several grisly murders, including of actress Sharon Tate, married at the time to director Roman Polanski. Manson was eventually sentenced to death for the murders, which was reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when the death penalty was ruled unconstitutional. He died in prison of a heart attack brought on by the stress of colon cancer in late 2017.
Why Marianne Williamson thought that President Trump or anyone else would pardon Charles Manson is open to speculation, though the motive might reside in Trump Derangement Syndrome. Trump is considered capable of any outrageous act, so why not believe that he would pardon a mass murderer?
Marianne Williamson first became famous beyond her circle of new-age fans during the first round of Democratic debates that occurred last summer. While the other candidates offered snarky talking points, Williamson instead spread a message of love and good vibes. Time Magazine related one particular answer she gave in response to the question of which foreign leader she would call first,
“It’s 2021. President Marianne Williamson sits down to make her first call to a foreign leader. Her pick? New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has said that her goal is to make her country the best place for children to grow up. Girlfriend, you are so wrong,’ she tells her. (Or maybe ‘Girlfriend, you are so on’? Either one seems possible.) ‘Because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up.”
Williamson’s performance caused Fox News personality Kat Timpf, who would ordinarily be counted on with a snarky cut-down, to gush on Twitter, “Marianne Williamson is definitely the woman I’d be trying to impress in yoga class if I ever went to yoga class but like I would go if Marianne Williamson would be there.”
On a more serious note, Timpf added, “Marianne Williamson just the first candidate to allude to the military-industrial complex libertarians it’s okay for us to love her”
Williamson has not qualified for any other debate since the second one in July and has, for the most part, dropped out of sight as the media became obsessed with the machinations of more serious candidates and, of course, the impeachment melodrama.
Despite her bubbly, new-age persona, Marianne Williamson has a darker side. She is an anti-Vaxxer and has spoken out against taking anti-depressants. She claims that she is personally for vaccination, but against the government compelling parents to get their children vaccinated. The idea is similar to Nancy Pelosi’s claim to be personally against abortion, devout Catholic that she claims to be, but is against prohibiting the practice.
Slate notes that Williamson is trying to rebrand herself as a “safe vaxxer” rather than anti-vaxxer. Nevertheless, anti-vaccination ideology has been linked to an upsurge of measles case which has killed several people. In Samoa, as the CBS News notes, anti-vaccination ideology has resulted in nearly 5,000 cases and 70 deaths, mainly of children under the age of four.