WASHINGTON – Author and activist Marianne Williamson offered an unorthodox approach on Wednesday to diverting Hurricane Dorian as it bears down on the United States.
In a now-deleted tweet captured in screenshots by Twitter users, Williamson suggested the “use of the power of the mind” to change the path of the hurricane.
“The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas…may all be in our prayers now,” she wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Williamson’s communication director Patricia Ewing said the tweet was a metaphor.
“When others speak of prayer and the mind it’s considered profound, but Williamson is held to a different standard. Because the comment led to confusion it was replaced,” Ewing said. “Everyone please pray for the people of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. May the peace of God be upon them, may they and their families remain safe and their hearts be comforted as they endure the storm.”
Williamson also responded on Twitter to journalist Yashar Ali’s screenshot of her original post.
Williamson asked Ali to have an “honest and fair public dialogue” and made clear she wanted to set the record straight.
“Since I’m neither crazy, irresponsible nor dangerous, I would appreciate the opportunity to counter the caricature,” Williamson added.
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Williamson has attracted attention for her colorful rhetoric on the campaign trail and in the first two Democratic presidential debates. She did not, however, meet the polling cutoff to make the third debate.
In a USA TODAY/Suffolk poll released last week, two voters out of the sample of 424 registered voters indicated their choice for president was Williamson.