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

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Biden, Sanders, Warren support dips in new poll MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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.