Marianne Williamson tells MSNBC ‘fewer vaccines’ mean ‘less chronic illness’
Jim Satney August 2, 2019
2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson is coming under fire following comments made over the controversial vaccine issue. During an interview with MSNBC host Ari Melber, Williamson said that there were less chronic illnesses when she was growing up. The comment suggests that modern vaccine schedules increase illnesses.
Williamson has also deemed mandatory vaccination laws as “draconian” and “Orwellian” in the past.
“When I was a child we took far fewer vaccines, and there was much less bungling. And there was much less chronic illness.” She said during the interview.
“It’s an overstatement to say that I cast skepticism on vaccinations. On the issue of vaccinations, I’m pro-vaccination. I’m pro-medicine and pro-science.” @marwilliamson responds to anti-vax claims
Williamson says that chronic illnesses have increased since 1986, which is the same year that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was instilled. This act formalized the United States vaccine schedule. The CDC claims that six out of every 10 adults are diagnosed with a chronic illness.
Williamson’s bigger target seems to be the pharmaceutical industry in general, who she feels lobbies their way to favorable policy.
“When you look at all the money that is spent by pharmaceutical companies … why are we so okay with the complete shutdown of any conversation about this topic?” She says.
She went on to clarify her position as pro-vaccine, but that’s not likely to quell mainstream condemnation over the matter.
“On the issue of vaccinations, I’m pro-vaccination. I’m pro-medicine and pro-science,” she said.
A month ago, Williamson was more aggressive in her tone regarding mandatory vaccines. During a rally in New Hampshire, Williamson compared the vaccine debate to the debate over abortions.
“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,” she said.
Williamson has made waves ever since she announced her candidacy. The Democratic debates, which have featured a slew of mudslinging and party instability, has left open the possibility that an unlikely candidate carves a path. Following Tulsi Gabbard’s takedown of 2020 favorite Kamala Harris, the party is as unstable as it’s been in decades. There is no clear Primary candidate among the herd, something that Liberals fear gives Trump the upper-and in 2020.
In the end, the Democratic party needs to come up with a more unified message that offers party stability. Unfortunately, the vaccine issue is tricky territory for a party already engaged in a slew of polarizing social issues. Williamson and Gabbard (mostly Gabbard) are likely to continue to destabilize a political party that already cracked at the seams.