Published On: Thu, Jun 20th, 2019

Election 2020: Marianne Williamson apologizes for her anti-vaxxer remarks, calling them ‘draconian’ ‘Orwellian

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is quickly backpeddling her remarks on vaccination mandates, calling them “draconian” and “Orwellian.”

“To me, it’s no different than the abortion debate. The US government doesn’t tell any citizen, in my book, what they have to do with their body or their child,” Williamson said at an event Tuesday in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to a tweet from a NBC reporter.

Williamson, an author and spiritual adviser, apologized Wednesday for her comments.

“I understand that many vaccines are important and save lives. I recognize there are epidemics around the world that are stopped by vaccines,” Williamson said in a statement on Twitter. “I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma. I am sorry that I made comments which sounded as though I question the validity of life-saving vaccines. That is not my feeling and I realize that I misspoke.”

 Marianne Williamson

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Williamson also pointed to her previous remarks about vaccines on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” in February 2015 and said Wednesday that she still views the issue the same way.

Williamson argued that “there’s a skepticism which is actually healthy on this issue of vaccinations.”

“I think there’s a difference between having skepticism about science and having skepticism about the pharmaceutical industry,” Williamson said then. “I think that … there’s a public health issue that overrides individual liberty here, even though I don’t want the government, as a rule, telling me what I can do and what I can’t do with my body for medical purposes.”

Though a long-shot candidate, Williamson will appear in the Democratic presidential debate on June 27.

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