“The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas…may all be in our prayers now. Millions of us seeing Dorian turn away from land is not a wacky idea; it is a creative use of the power of the mind. Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for those in the way of the storm,” her now-deleted post read.
She replaced the tweet with a post offering prayer for “people of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.”
“May the peace of God be upon them and their hearts be comforted as they endure the storm,” she wrote.
In an email to CNN on Wednesday, Patricia Ewing, a campaign spokeswoman, said Williamson’s original post “was a metaphor” and explained that the tweet was replaced because it “led to confusion.”
She also accused the media of treating the 2020 hopeful unfairly.
“When others speak of prayer and the mind it’s considered profound, but Williamson is held to a different standard,” Ewing wrote.
Though she removed the post, Williamson defended herself against criticism on social media.
In response to a reporter’s screenshot of her original post, Williamson wrote, “Since you obviously want to debunk, counter or mischaracterize anything I do, would you like to have an honest and fair public dialogue? Since I’m neither crazy, irresponsible nor dangerous, I would appreciate the opportunity to counter the caricature.”
Williamson, after appearing in the first two Democratic debates, failed to qualify for September’s debate in Houston. She had reached the fundraising threshold set by the Democratic National Committee, but didn’t meet the polling minimum to qualify.
CNN’s Keith Allen, Allison Gordon, Holly Yan, Patrick Oppmann, Christina Maxouris and Eric Levenson contributed to this report.