Panelists on “The View” hammered Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson for giving ambiguous answers about mandatory vaccinations.
The long-shot candidate has apologized for describing vaccination mandates as “draconian” and “Orwellian,” saying she believes vaccines are important but understands public skepticism, and co-host Meghan McCain asked her to square those views with her advocacy for children.
“This sounds a lot like Trump, just so we’re clear, this is his message,” McCain said. “You’re talking a lot about children of America, the children, how much you care about children, you also just came out as the anti-vaxxer candidate.”
Williamson pushed back, saying McCain was misrepresenting her position.
“First of all, I am not anti-vaccine,” she said. “I think I misspoke in that one sentence, but I’d like to express myself. The fact that you have a problem — and this is what I’m talking about here. The fact that you have a problem with the revolving door policy by which Big Pharma and the CDC and the FDA are so cozy, so that millions of Americans who are not anti-science and are not anti-vaccine have some deep concerns.”
“The days of blind faith in Big Pharma are over,” Williamson added, “the days of blind faith in the idea that our government agencies are doing the proper oversight and proper advocacy for the American people, against at times of overreach against profit-making industries that are putting money before people, that is not an irrational or unreasonable thing.”
McCain asked if she’d changed her mind on the issue of mandatory vaccines, and Williamson insisted she hadn’t.
“I haven’t changed since yesterday,” she said. “I misspoke on that one sentence, but I will say this. If I were president of the United States, when I’m president of the United States, there will be a commission of scientists talking about — learning so that the American people see what’s going on with these vaccines who are not paid by Big Pharma.”
Ana Navarro asked whether the author and motivational speaker was running for president to boost her profile, and the panel briefly joked about her appearing on “Dancing With The Stars,” but co-host Sunny Hostin steered the conversation back to vaccinations.
“I don’t know that you have answered Meghan’s question,” Hostin said. “Do you support mandatory vaccinations?”
Williamson again tried to have it both ways.
“I understand that public safety must come first, but I also understand that we must have a balance between public safety and the issues of individual freedom,” Williamson said. “I do not trust the propaganda on either side.”
At this point, Joy Behar had heard enough.
“This kind of nebulous answer makes people paranoid,” Behar said. “Yes or no?”
Williamson stopped just short of answering the question before the commercial break.
“I would have to say that there are situations where there are absolute outbreaks,” she said, “and I understand there are epidemics where vaccines are life-saving. I support vaccines.”
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."