In a stunning bit of candor quoted by RealClear Politics, Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, a “New Age author” and very dark horse in a field of nearly two dozen presidential wannabes, declared that too many Democrats are “half-truth tellers.”
And to that she added, “Donald Trump will eat the half-truth tellers alive.”
Williamson was one of 19 Democrats speaking at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame event over the past weekend. It’s likely a fair number of people in that room were unprepared to hear her comment.
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In a recent Fortune article headlined “2020 Democratic Primary Debates: Everything You Need to Know,” readers learned about the debate process, but nothing much about the candidates.
Democrat debates are scheduled June 26-27 in Miami and July 30-31 in Detroit. A Sept. 12-13 debate is scheduled, but so far, the location has not been determined, according to the Fortune article.
But what about Williamson’s assertion about telling only half-truths? Among conservatives, they might be considered whole cloth liars with little experience telling the truth. Some seem to be dealing in fantasy.
Writing at USA Today, Des Moines Register opinion columnist Rekha Basu appealed to Democrats, “Don’t weaken the Democratic agenda.” The column quotes John Hickenlooper calling Trump the “worst president in U.S. history.” Then Basu quotes Bernie Sanders launching even more invective toward the president. Kamala Harris would prosecute the president.
In a separate article in the National Review, Democrat Joe Biden is quoted telling an Iowa audience, “I’ve worked so hard in my career that, I promise you, if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America: We’re going to cure cancer.”
Biden lost a son to brain cancer, so he has a personal interest at the gut level, but is this just campaign rhetoric?
The article reaches back in history to note, “The demagoguery of Democratic presidential campaigns does not change. Back in October 2004, John Edwards declared at a campaign stop, ‘If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.’”
That article also recalled:
“Edwards’s justification was a false claim that Bush had “banned” stem-cell research, and thus had stood in the way for cures to everything from paralysis to Alzheimer’s to cancer.
“This was a brazen lie; Bush had left no restrictions on private research into embryonic stem cells and continued federal funding to support the study of existing stem-cell lines, but barred using federal money for research on stem-cell lines produced by newly destroyed embryos.”
So, maybe the problem isn’t that Democrats are “half-truth tellers,” but that they don’t tell the truth at all. But at least Williamson seems to be on the right track.