Marianne Williamson is running on the platform of never having a plan

Marianne Williamson doesn't have a plan for that.
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Marianne Williamson is bursting with love for everyone and everything — except plans. The self-help author was so staunchly anti-plan during the debate that it wasn't clear if she is aware that a plan isn't actually president of the United States.

Her comments started out reasonably enough. "If you think we're going to beat Donald Trump by just having all these plans, you've got another thing coming," she said at one moment during the debate. "Because he didn't win by saying he had a plan. He won by simply saying, 'Make America Great Again.'"

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Sure, okay. But then Williamson went after plans again. "I have great respect for everyone who is on this stage," she said. "But we're going to talk about what to do about health care? Well, where have you been, guys? Because it's not just a matter of a plan."

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Plans weren't out of the woods just yet, either. Williamson later pointed out that "John Kennedy did not say, I have a plan to get a man on the moon." Then she went for plans' metaphorical jugular: "I have an idea about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not going to be beaten just by insider politics talk. He's not going to be beaten by somebody who just has plans."

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While one might assume Williamson's line of attack was directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), whose campaign has hinged on her ability to write clear, straightforward proposals, Williamson's obsession seemed to go beyond even that. She must just really, really hate plans.

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.