Marianne Williamson says difference between two political parties is ‘performative’

01/20/22

Former 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson said that the two political parties in the United States are not so different from each other, saying the only difference is “performative.”

“What’s happening here is that we are seeing that the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans, certainly under this president and under current corporatist leadership in the Democratic Party, is more often than not basically performative,” Williamson said during a Thursday appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

The former presidential hopeful said that even under the Biden presidency — “with any modern Democrat just as with the Republicans” — pharmaceutical companies were allowed to keep the price of drugs higher for the people in the U.S. compared to “people in other advanced countries.”

She claimed that President Biden had allowed similar levels of drilling on public lands to proceed just as former President Trump had, and noted that the Defense budget had increased under Biden.

“I mean, what is the real difference between Blinken and Pompeo? When you look at the fundamental differences, yes, it’s that Blinken says the right things. He tweets the right things,” Williamson said. “But under Blinken, as with Pompeo, we are continuing to see arm sales to Saudi Arabia, Yemeni children are continuing to be bombed. And no matter how much Blinken talks about the glory of press freedom, they are continuing to try to extradite [Julian] Assange and ruin, if not destroy, his life.”

Williamson’s comments come as Senate Democrats on Wednesday evening failed to win over two moderate holdouts — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — on changing the 60-vote filibuster rule for their voting rights legislation, which would have required the support of all 50 Democrats in addition to a tie-breaker vote from Vice President Harris.

The move was expected given that both senators had expressed opposition to changing filibuster rules, seen as a key legislative hurdle for Democrats in passing major priorities like voting rights legislation. 

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