2020 candidate Marianne Williamson: Trump 'clearly has fascist leanings'

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE “clearly has fascist leanings” in a CNN town hall Sunday evening.

“Do I feel that he has committed impeachable offenses? Absolutely,” Williamson, an author and the founder of the meal delivery charity Project Angel Food, said in response to an audience question. “This president clearly has fascist leanings, and I think that all of us, conservatives as well as liberals, need to stop pretending that this isn’t true.”

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However, Williamson made a distinction between whether she believed Trump has committed impeachable offenses and whether she believed he should be impeached. “As long as the Republicans… are in charge of the Senate, they wouldn’t remove him anyway, so I leave that to [House Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE,” she said. “I think she’s got it together on this issue and I’m sure she understands the quandary very, very well.”

Williamson announced her candidacy in January, calling for a “moral and spiritual awakening” in the United States. Her platform includes free college and technical school, universal background checks for gun owners and $100 billion in reparations for descendants of slaves to be distributed over a decade.

She previously ran as in independent in California’s 33rd congressional district, finishing fourth of 16 candidates.