Marianne Williamson's impassioned defense of Flint was her breakout moment

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson

"This is part of the dark underbelly of American society - the racism, the bigotry".

Williamson had herself a rather decent night during CNN's live debates. Comedians weighed in. Even The New Yorker brought it; the magazine tweeted out a starkly attractive graphic with a Williamson debate quote.

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Answering questions about how she would fix the water crisis of Flint, Mich., she said, "My response on the Flint water crisis is that Flint is just the tip of the iceberg".

"The issue of gun safety, of course, is that the NRA has us in a chokehold, but so do the pharmaceutical companies, so do the health insurance companies, so do the fossil fuel companies, and so do the defense contractors", she said.

She said the present-day value of the 40 acres and a mule promised to former slaves after the Civil War was trillions of dollars. "And if those people don't feel it, they won't vote for us and Donald Trump will win". People on Twitter quickly took notice, declaring her the inarguable victor of the night.

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As for her "qualifications": "I'll tell you what makes me qualified".

But it's fair to say that while Trump's strategy (and entire life philosophy) is to fire ugly barbs at opponents, an NBC News graphic showed that Williamson is staying out of the wrestling mud pit.

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"Well, there are all kinds of theories about that, aren't there?" she asked, laughing, in what the publication characterized as a reference to "rumors that Pence is himself gay without explicitly saying so". "What happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe", Williamson said, name-dropping a tony suburb of Detroit.

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