Marianne Williamson Says Democratic Debate Was Not 'Super Exciting': They're In 'Denial... We Might Be in Trouble Here'

Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Sunday called the third Democratic primary debate "nothing super exciting" during an appearance on MSNBC, where she also claimed that many Democrats probably watched the event and realized the party "might be in trouble."

The ten leading Democratic candidates took the stage together for the first time in Houston, Texas on Thursday night, where they touted their campaigns and argued over policy issues. Unlike prior events, the third debate featured only the highest-polling candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden. Williamson did not qualify to participate in the debate.

During a segment on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Williamson told host Alex Witt that the third debate was "nothing super exciting" and warned that the Democratic party will need to step up their game to beat President Donald Trump at the polls in 2020.

"The Democratic party is in such a state of denial I'm afraid," Williamson said. "There's no conversation here of any depth or reality about what this president represents and what it is going to take to defeat him."

"This president is not just a politician, he is a phenomenon," she continued. "The Democrats are sharpening their knives, he will be bringing a gun to this battle. We need to recognize that we have the same person we had last time, so coming against him with the same stuff that we lost last time. He will be who he was last time but on steroids, the power of incumbency, the power of the Russians with him for all we know."

Williamson then asserted that the Democrats will need to reach voters outside their base to succeed in 2020. "It's not just about who supports Trump versus who supports us. It's about the millions of people who didn't vote last time. It's about the people who voted for Jill Stein," she said. "We need to be talking like real Democrats about something so much deeper than just a rational analysis of policy and how we all need to come together."

The presidential candidate went on to slam the latest debate, hosted by ABC News. "Do you think those 14 million people thought that was a really exciting evening? I mean, the candidates themselves are lovely people," she said. "But Alex, what are we doing here? Why are making the democratic debates everything?"

"They are one thing, and they're an important thing because of all the eyeballs, but I think if anything, there are a lot of Democrats who saw that debate the other night and going, 'We might be in trouble here,'" Williamson added. "There was nothing super exciting that was emerging from that screen, Alex, I'm sorry."

Although the third Democratic debate spanned only one night, the fourth will likely span two, given that 11 candidates have already qualified. All 10 candidates on stage for the third debate ⁠— Biden, Warren, Sanders, as well as Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke and former HUD secretary Julián Castro ⁠— have all qualified to appear again in October. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer will join them.

Williamson and other prominent candidates are still fighting for a spot on stage. They have until October 1 to qualify. Williamson has met the donor requirements but need more qualifying polls.

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2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Sunday called the third Democratic primary debate "nothing super exciting" during an appearance on MSNBC. MSNBC/Screenshot
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