Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson was mocked after she hit out at President Donald Trump over a satirical article that said he had pardoned cult leader Charles Manson.
It’s unclear where Williamson got her information but The Daily Kos recently republished a satirical article from a site called moronmajority.com that said Trump had pardoned Manson, the cult leader who died in 2017 and could not be pardoned by any president because he was convicted of state charges in California.
“Just days after pardoning three service members convicted, or accused, of war crimes, Donald Trump has issued a posthumous pardon to the convicted cult leader, Charles Manson, who died in prison in 2017,” the post said. “Asked why he would pardon one of the most hated criminals in American history, Trump replied, ‘I always thought Charlie got a bum rap. He never killed anyone. It was his followers who committed the crimes.’ … ‘The Constitution, and William Barr, give me the right to do whatever I want,’ declared a resolute Trump.”
Williamson fell for it:
“There is something deeply sinister about Trump pardoning Charles Manson, even posthumously,” wrote Williamson, a self-help author who was once Oprah Winfrey’s spiritual guru.
“Dog whistles of the very worst possible kind …” she wrote in a late-night tweet.
“Glad To have been wrong,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Williamson under fire for “anti-vaxx” views again:
Williamson has also been under fire on social media after she called for an "independent commission to review/reform vaccine safety."
"While vaccines are very important and often save lives, concerns arise from the fact that they are the only medical product not required to have the safety testing required of other drugs," she wrote. "The call for certitude that vaccines are safe and responsible is not 'anti-science' but rather 'pro-science,' as it is a call for independent scientific research to review and establish vaccine safety."
She hit out at critics on Sunday.
"Asking for an independent commission to review vaccine safety is not 'anti-vaxx.' It's 'safe-vaxx,' which is totally understandable given over $4B paid in vaccine injury claims,” she wrote. “Why are so many people so invested in protecting Big Pharma? Odd."