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

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings Williamson slams DNC, Tuesday's debate: 'This would all be funny if it weren't so dangerous' MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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 PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found 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.