Marianne Williamson deletes tweet suggesting 'power of the mind' can deter Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 1:08 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 13:08:34-04

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson posted and then deleted a tweet Wednesday morning that suggested the "power of mind" could deter Hurricane Dorian from slamming into the US.

"The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas...may all be in our prayers now. Millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land is not a wacky idea; it is a creative use of the power of the mind. Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for those in the way of the storm," her now-deleted post read.

CNN has to reached out to Williamson's campaign for comment.

Though she removed the post, Williamson defended herself against criticism on social media.

In response to a reporter's screenshot of her original post, Williamson wrote, "Since you obviously want to debunk, counter or mischaracterize anything I do, would you like to have an honest and fair public dialogue? Since I'm neither crazy, irresponsible nor dangerous, I would appreciate the opportunity to counter the caricature."

She later posted a tweet offering prayers for "people of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas."

"May the peace of God be upon them and their hearts be comforted as they endure the storm," she wrote.

Hurricane Dorian pulverized the Bahamas for two days, leaving the islands in an apocalyptic wreckage and devastating destruction. At least seven people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and authorities expect that number to rise.

As of Wednesday morning, Hurricane Dorian remains a category 2 hurricane as it heads toward a possible landfall in the Carolinas. The eye of the storm is about 100 miles off Florida's east coast, with heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds pounding the coast. The storm is expected to turn northeast along the US coastline, teeing up what could be devastating flooding Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina.

A spiritual guru and author, Williamson, who announced her campaign in January, has called for a "moral and spiritual awakening" for America and promised to "harness love for political purposes" to defeat President Donald Trump.

Williamson, after appearing in the first two Democratic debates, failed to qualify for September's debate in Houston. She had reached the fundraising threshold set by the Democratic National Committee, but didn't meet the polling minimum to qualify.

Williamson was one of the most searched candidates following her debate appearances, but she has drawn controversy for her past comments on vaccines and depression.

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