Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Wednesday deleted a tweet declaring that the “power of the mind” resulted in “millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land.”
“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,” Williamson said in the now-deleted tweet.
“Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for those in the way of the storm,” she also said in the tweet.
The author replaced her tweet with one offering prayers to people in 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.
Prayers for the 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.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) September 4, 2019
Williamson’s campaign said in a statement that the tweet was deleted because it led to confusion.
“It was a metaphor. When others speak of prayer and the mind it’s considered profound, but Williamson is held to a different standard,” the campaign told The Hill. “Because the comment led to confusion it was replaced.”
The Category 5 hurricane devastated the Bahamas this week, killing at least seven people with dozens more missing. Thousands of homes were destroyed.
“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” said the Bahamian prime minister, Hubert Minnis. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”
Last month, Axios reported that President Trump asked advisers multiple times if it made sense to fire nuclear weapons at hurricanes to slow them down.
“They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” a source told Axios, paraphrasing Trump’s remarks.
Physicists warned that detonating nuclear weapons inside hurricanes would spread radiation over a large area and wouldn’t work.