Marianne Williamson on Trump: We have a little bit of a 'mad King George' in charge

White House hopeful and author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson touts endorsements for progressive congressional candidates The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Warren becomes latest 2020 rival to back Biden The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests MORE likened President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE to King George, the monarch from whom the U.S. declared independence, and hammered his trade policies as responsible for market instability.

“Well first of all, we have a little bit of a mad King George in charge of this country right now and his chaos, and what he’s done with the tariffs, and what he’s done with China, the instability of course is causing the market to go nuts because the market doesn’t appreciate that. The market likes some sense of stability,” she said on CNN Saturday, referring to the British king against whom the colonies revolted, partially over taxes.

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Williamson, who lags in national and statewide primary polls and has yet to qualify for next month’s Democratic debate, said she would prioritize reversing the tariffs Trump has placed on China in the hopes of quelling a mushrooming trade war.


“So the first thing that’s going to happen when any Democrat is elected is that this craziness is going to stop. I certainly would not be having this trade war with China, I certainly wouldn’t be having these tariffs,” she said.

Several other Democratic presidential contenders have also hammered Trump for his trade practices, echoing concerns about market volatility and saying the tariffs effectively amount to a tax on consumers.

The latest escalation in the year-plus trade war between Washington and Beijing took place Friday morning, when China announced new tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Trump fired back hours later, announcing that a 10 percent tariff on $300 billion in Chinese goods set to go into effect on Sept. 1 would increase to 15 percent, and that an additional $250 billion being tariffed at 25 percent will be hit with a 30 percent tariff starting Oct. 1.