Nearly helped on an hour went by Thursday's Democratic debate before Marianne Williamson had even had the chance to speak. In total, Williamson talked for about five minutes onstage in Miami, placing them among the group of presidential hopefuls.
So, how did the 66-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow Has Called A "Spiritual Legend", End Up As The Night's Most Googled And One Of The Top Trending Terms On Twitter?
Her campaign says it's because she brought something new to the table.
"Her message is very different," said Patricia Ewing, Williamson's communications director, The Washington Post. "What you saw to the left of her was a sea of blue suits. They were probably seeing Williamson for the first time, were equally charmed and baffled by the author, and the internet and late-night shows both.
"I just wait for you at some point to be like," We do not need a plan, my friends. CBD oil and our chakras will be aligned, '"late-night host Trevor Noah joked.
Williamson, who made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2014, is the author of best-selling books, including "A Return to Love" and "Politics of Love," and an adviser to Oprah Winfrey, The Post's Robin Givhan reported. As Givhan wrote, Williamson is "a massive long shot" in the 2020 race, but she is qualified for Thursday's debate by not only garnering 65,000 individual donations but also registering 1 percent support in three polls.
Unlike her opponents, Williamson did not t focus on "minute policy points" Thursday night, Ewing said. Instead, President Trump, while weighing in on immigration, blasting family separations, and pledging that the first act as President Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
With that, Williamson turned out to be one of the event's most memorable people.
"This is a woman who lit up Twitter, lit up Google and only got one question in 40 minutes," Ewing said. "You had Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Think about if it even came out that tonight. "
Seth Meyers put it, Williamson "The night started when, as late-night host" rose up out of a full moon to be at the debate. "
About 27 minutes in, Williamson received her first question:" How would she lower the costs of prescription drugs? "
" It's really nice if we've got all these plans, but if you. " Donald Trump by just having all these plans, you've got another thing coming, "Williamson said. "He did not win by saying he had a plan. He won by simply saying 'Make America Great Again.' "
Stephen Colbert, who specifically drew attention to the policies and plans" superficial fixes. "
Yes, we need to go deeper than these superficial, carefully thought out policies, "Colbert said with mock sincerity. "Has anyone tried to poll America with crystals and bee pollen? Yoga? "
Williamson's unusual commentary, spoken in what one person described as the voice of an" old time actress, "inspired online commentators to try to describe their presence in the debate
"Marianne Williamson is like a sentient glass of Chardonnay," a person tweeted .
Williamson's New Age beliefs were on full display.
"Marianne Williamson is like if GOOP became a person," one user tweeted referencing the natural health company owned by Paltrow, the actress.
Williamson drew even more Twitter reaction by saying first act as president, New Zealand's prime minister, at interest she has publicly stated in the past.
"[Ardern] New Zealand the place where it's the best place in the world for a child to grow up," Williamson said. "I would tell her, 'Girlfriend, you are so wrong,' because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up."
When it came time for Williamson's closing statement, Meyers could not contain himself.
"Mr. President, if you're listening, I want you to hear me, please, "impassioned Williamson said. "You have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out. So I, sir, I have a feeling you know what you're doing. I'm going to harness love for political purposes. I want to meet you on that field. And, sir, love will win. "
Applauding, Meyers grinned broadly.
Colbert, however, said he had a warning for "anyone curious about what they mean by harnessing love."
"Do not Google 'love harness,'" he said. "It's something totally different. Please do not. "
Ewing told The Post that the author is" fine "with all the jokes.
" Welcome to the world of millennials, "she said.
"We get that reaction."
Ewing added that she was not surprised at the surge in search traffic after the debate on the stump all the time, "she said. "People say, 'Marianne, who?' To 'Marianne, wow.'"
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