Williamson says she believes in vaccines, acknowledges 'self-inflicted wound'

Williamson says she believes in vaccines, acknowledges 'self-inflicted wound'
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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 in an interview published Friday that she is “pro-vaccine,” but acknowledged her previous statements on the issue have been a “self-inflicted wound.”

“I'm pro-vaccine. Pro-medicine,” Williamson, a self-help author, told The Hollywood Reporter

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Williamson was challenged last month in a contentious interview on “The View” over her previous statements calling vaccine mandates “draconian” and “Orwellian.”

“My sloppiness in talking about that was a self-inflicted wound,” Williamson said. 

But she added "The View" co-hosts treated her unfairly. 

“I said to Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharMeghan McCain says she regrets calling Hillary Clinton 'crooked' Williamson says she believes in vaccines, acknowledges 'self-inflicted wound' Joy Behar on Trump: 'Why can't he be brought up on charges of hate speech?' MORE during the break, ‘Why are you doing this? I'm a liberal,’ ” Williamson said. “ ‘Why are you doing this?’ She said, ‘What are you talking about? I've always been good to you.’ I said, ‘Until today you have been.’ I don't understand it.”

Williamson has been trying to walk back her skeptical statements about vaccines, which are widely affirmed by public health experts as being safe and necessary, though she still said in Friday’s interview that there could be questions about them.

“Any time there is a medical intervention, there is both benefit and risk,” she said. “Government must come down on the side of public health.” 

“Having said that, I understand that many areas having to do with food, health and safety are places where Americans have questions,” she added. “And I don't believe that questioning should be squashed. There is intelligent nuance that should be respected.”