CNN correspondent and expert fact-checker Daniel Dale turned his sights from fact-checking President Donald Trump to one of the 2020 presidential hopefuls, Marianne Williamson, on Wednesday.
Dale originally shared Williamson's Twitter post with the caption:
"Going to go ahead and call this a false claim"
However Williamson then deleted the tweet, but nothing on the internet is ever really gone.
Once notified Williamson's post was no more, Dale—and many others—shared a screen grab of it.
This was the tweet: https://t.co/6VXhdO8Avk— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1567607734.0
On Wednesday morning, Williamson declared the power of the mind can control the weather.
"Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for those in the way of the storm"
...would do the trick.
If only people had known this before all the other hurricanes that slammed into the United States.
Why didn't she tell the people in the Bahamas?
@Schpilkus1 @ddale8 I can't believe all those people were drowning and watching their homes get destroyed and it di… https://t.co/bQCBunJnhE— Zoë (@Zoë)1567622776.0
@ddale8 Does she think the Bahamas weren't praying like crazy that storm would turn away? That's the thing with thi… https://t.co/U49D1nilOg— Lauren (@Lauren)1567608712.0
@BluRidge4Bernie @ddale8 She's been hanging out with @JoelOsteen and a few other wackos...— Amigo Man (@Amigo Man)1567625438.0
@ddale8 Oh, FFS. Chakra Khan is at it again.— GSeabhac ITMFA, FFS! (@GSeabhac ITMFA, FFS!)1567609815.0
@STLLeftWing @ddale8 Also works for bullets. Anything moving fast, really.— Cass_D (@Cass_D)1567609113.0
Some compared Williamson's solution with another prominent politician's.
@ddale8 When a presidential candidate thinks you can meditate a hurricane away, I would say that’s up there with nu… https://t.co/yvMv3JZpa3— Robin L (@Robin L)1567608680.0
@mom22rs @ddale8 Meditation doesn't cause radiation poisoning nor does it kill anyone. So while I disagree with the… https://t.co/5XlA4f0rr9— Tres_C™ (@Tres_C™)1567613361.0
@GSand1804 @mom22rs @ddale8 I’m gotta defend @mom22rs on this. I think the point is that if Williamson, who wants t… https://t.co/coygmic4md— Stephen Jean (@Stephen Jean)1567613960.0
@Scott_sbgs @ddale8 And Trump will pop some tic tacs and move on her like a...— Gift Card Packaging (@Gift Card Packaging)1567608896.0
Some wondered if Jedi were involved.
@ddale8 So basically she is telling everyone to use the force.— ethan sem (@ethan sem)1567607822.0
Others had, well, other thoughts on the matter.
@ddale8 her meditation didn't work so well for the peoples in Bahamas now did it … she should keep the crazy INSIDE… https://t.co/m0r28XXtEB— amrigg 🆘 (@amrigg 🆘)1567608736.0
@ddale8 Marianne and Florida man make a perfect match. 😂🤪 https://t.co/Yx8kl82TKf— ChrisE #AGirlHasNoPresident🌊 (@ChrisE #AGirlHasNoPresident🌊)1567609830.0
@ddale8 Can the people of the Bahamas sue Williamson for making #HurricaneDorian stall out over their homes?— Joel Bloom (@Joel Bloom)1567607847.0
@jkramon1313 @ddale8 perhaps Trump wished it away from Alabama. I gotta go, the aliens just arrivedddddddd......— Marvin R Beachler (@Marvin R Beachler)1567625988.0
@ddale8 If everyone went to the coast and said 'woooooo' then the storm would blow outward.— Grant Denn (@Grant Denn)1567608059.0
@LLRTurner @ddale8 There was a guy who thought we should put ice in the water so storms dont get that strong. Als… https://t.co/XZuBAno38x— Becky (@Becky)1567609561.0
Hurricanes are caused by low pressure systems fueled by warm waters and water vapor. Hurricanes gradually die out as they move over cooler waters, which do not have the heat energy necessary to evaporate enough water vapor to fuel the hurricane.
If a hurricane crosses over land, the heat source is removed and the greater surface friction of the terrain, vegetation and even man made structures cause the hurricane's winds to rapidly decrease.
The path a hurricane takes is impacted by multiple factors including the Coriolis Effect, the westerly and trade winds, water temperature and atmospheric pressure.
Sorry Marianne, but meditation and the power of the mind have no bearing on hurricanes.
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