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Marianne Williamson: ‘I Am Not A Cult Leader’

“I am not a cult leader,” Marianne Williamson tweeted.

On Tuesday, the 2020 presidential candidate sought to refute claims that she was against vaccines. She suggested that she can’t be anti-science because she often quotes Albert Einstein.

Last week, Williamson, a Jewish New York Times-bestselling author and activist, reportedly called mandatory vaccines “Orwellian” and compared the controversy to the abortion debate.

“The U.S. government doesn’t tell any citizen, in my book, what they have to do with their body or their child,” she said, according to NBC News’ Julia Jester.

Williamson started to walk back her comments, tweeting that “many vaccines are important,” before questioning drugs pushed by “Big Pharma.”

Vaccines have become a banner issue in New York this year following a historic outbreak of measles among ultra-Orthodox Jews. In communities worst affected by the outbreak, pamphlets and magazines with misinformation about vaccines have circulated, leading to overblown fears about the link between vaccines and chronic conditions and Autism.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher




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