The second round of the Democratic Primary Debates has kicked off, and Tuesday night’s discussion touched on racism, the Green New Deal and even “dark psychic forces.” After the debate ended, Americans were fast to Google and tweet about various candidates.
At the end of everything, author-turned-politician Marianne Williamson came out on top of Google and was the most-searched candidate in 49 out of 50 states. The only outlier was the great state of Montana, where Gov. Steve Bullock successfully captured the searches of his home state.
Prior to the debate beginning, Williamson was only the top-searched candidate in two states, so you could say that’s quite a lot of progress.
Williamson didn’t necessarily win or lead the debate stage last night, but the candidate definitely showed she’s more than a kooky author with a buttery voice and avid love of Avatar. She also secured herself a viable spot in pursuit of the nomination, outside of the big four of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, that is.
Williamson’s answer in relation to the Flint water crisis sparked lots of searches, and also gave the world Williamson’s sorceress-like, but seemingly accurate, term “dark psychic forces.” Nonetheless, it seemed the candidate hit the nail on the head in relation to bigoted, racist environmental injustice.
Williamson also vehemently defended her reparations plan to African-Americans for slavery. “Well, first of all it’s not $500 billion in financial assistance, it’s $500 billion—$200 to $500 billion—payment of a debt that is owed. That is what reparations is,” Williamson began.
Furthermore, the candidate wasn’t afraid to call out her debate counterparts, and even questioned their Democratic status while talking about universal, tuition-free college and whether the government should pay for wealthy families to attend college. “I almost wonder why you’re Democrats. You seem to think there’s something wrong about using the instruments of government to help people,” Williamson said.
Though the Magnificent Marianne dominated Google, she succumbed to Warren on Twitter. Warren was the most tweeted-about candidate, with Sanders and Pete Buttigieg following, and Williamson in fourth. Most of Warren’s Twitter traffic came from her response to John Delaney, which was moreso a sick burn akin to murder in the second degree.
Round two of the debates continue tonight in Detroit and will be televised via CNN again. Sen. Michael Bennett, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, ex-Vice President Biden, Sen. Harris, venture capitalist Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will take the stage tonight. Similar to Warren and Sanders being the center of attention on night one, Biden and Harris are sure to be hot topics after the debate.