On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson seemed to post and then delete a tweet about Hurricane Dorian and how it was kept from making landfall on the East Coast.
In an apparent tweet she said “Millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land is not a wacky idea; it is a creative use of the power of mind.”
After seeming to delete the tweet, Williamson made another post afterwards, offering prayers to people in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Her original post received instant backlash on the internet.
If prayer were the solution to our problems, @marwilliamson would be preparing for next week's Democratic debate instead of on here insisting that hurricanes are repelled by our minds. This deserves mockery and derision. It insults everyone. We need adults stepping up right now.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 4, 2019
Marianne Williamson’s tweet claiming we can turn Hurricane Dorian away with our collective minds is just as crazy as claiming we can solve gun violence with thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/pxcHrsUQTE— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 4, 2019
There are crazy people who blamed Hurricane Katrina on the gay agenda.— Peter Fox (@thatpeterfox) September 4, 2019
And then there’s Marianne Williamson who believes you can use your mind for the same effect. pic.twitter.com/Ts4X1wjBGC
The critical response to her initial tweet led to Williamson defending herself in later posts. She said that “prayer is a power of the mind and it is neither bizarre nor unintelligent.” She also said that millions of other people are praying that Dorian doesn’t hit land and that people mocking those prayers is part of the reason why the “Left” has lost voters.
Prayer is a power of the mind, and it is neither bizarre nor unintelligent. People of faith belong in the Democratic Party, and will be necessary to the effort if we’re to win in 2020.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
I was born and raised in Texas so I’ve seen it. Millions of people today are praying that Dorian turn away from land, and treating those people with mockery or condescension because they believe it could help is part of how the overly secularized Left has lost lots of voters.— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
So far, Hurricane Dorian appears to be avoiding much of Florida and has not done the damage it was initially anticipated to do to the state. The storm is now moving northwest at 8 mph and is currently on Georgia’s southeastern coast, approximately 150 miles south of Charleston S.C.