Things got especially extreme at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate when candidate Marianne Williamson, an activist and author, accused President Donald Trump of “kidnapping” and abusing children through migrant detention centers across the United States.
“What Donald Trump has done to these children [detained migrant youths] … it is kidnapping and it is extremely important for us to realize that. If you forcibly take a child from their parents’ arms, you are kidnapping them,” Williamson said.
The author continued, “And if you take a lot of children and you put them in a detainment center, thus inflicting chronic trauma upon them, that’s called child abuse. That is collective child abuse.”
She added, “Both of those things are crimes and if your government does it, that doesn’t make it less of a crime. These are state-sponsored crimes.”
In a night of extreme statements, it was actually impressive to see one candidate go so much further than the others in their rhetoric.
Williamson is spewing nonsense here. If a child sneaks into the country, what would she do with that child? She never spoke on this at the debate. She says these children are being “kidnapped” which is ridiculous because this means she is accusing the men and women who serve in ICE of being criminals when they are simply serving their country and doing the best they can to enforce the laws on the books while using the limited resources Congress gives them.
And why does Williamson see no responsibility lying with Congress, a political body that refuses to budge on this issue?
Check out a clip of Williamson calling Trump a kidnapper and child abuser from the debate below:
Williamson later endorsed giving reparations to African Americans as way to make up for slavery.
Williamson previously unsuccessfully ran for a congressional seat in California. She ran as an Independent at the time.
The outspoken liberal is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program for people facing life-threatening illnesses like AIDS. She also cofounded Peace Alliance, an advocacy organization that projects that promote peace.
With 25 people officially battling for the Democrat Party presidential nomination, the Democratic National Committee and NBC News split 20 chosen candidates into two groups for the first debate events.
The 10 candidates chosen to debate on Wednesday night were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Delaney and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
Of those candidates, Warren was the only one polling in the top five.
Thursday night’s candidates were Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.
Wednesday’s debate had plenty of eye-rolling moments including some obvious technical issues on the part of MSNBC and multiple candidates trying desperately to pander by breaking into Spanish while answering questions from the moderators.
The network was also accused of giving Warren favorable treatment by offering her more questions and time than the other candidates on the stage.
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