Democratic presidential candidate Marian Williamson proposed a non-presidential election on Wednesday suggestion to deal with Hurricane Dorian: using "power of mind" to feed the storm elsewhere.
Dorian largely spared Florida the worst of his anger, but is expected to take a much closer approach to the US coastline between late Wednesday and Thursday, with Georgia and the Carolinas in sight.
The storm has devastated much of the Bahamas, where the official death toll is seven, but is expected to increase when authorities reach damaged areas. Authorities say nearly three out of every four Bahamas homes are underwater, and aerial photos of Greater Abaco Island show a dusty landscape.
In a previously deleted tweet, Williamson, author and one-time cleric, Oprah Winfrey's adviser, suggested that visualizing the storm's departure could be an effective way to change course.
"The Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas … may be in our prayers now," Williamson tweeted, according to images posted by several Twitter users. "The millions we see of Dorian drifting away from land is not an ordinary idea; it's a creative use of the power of the mind. Two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation for people along the storm. "
The Williamson campaign later explained that the tweet was not intended to be taken literally.
"This is a metaphor," Williamson spokesman Patricia Ewing said in a statement. "When others talk about prayer and the mind, it is considered profound, but Williamson is held to a different standard. Because the comment caused confusion, it was replaced. Please all pray for the people of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. May the peace of God be upon them, may they and their families remain safe and their hearts be comforted while they withstand the storm. "
Williamson herself tweeted a response to Yashar Ali, a journalist who previously posted an image of a deleted tweet along with the message," Mariana Williamson deleted this tweet. "
" Because you obviously want debunking, counteracting or wrongly defining everything I do, would you like to have a fair and honest audience dialogue? said Williamson. "Because I'm not crazy, irresponsible, or dangerous, I would appreciate the opportunity to oppose the cartoon." A "dark psychic power" during a democratic debate in July.
She is not the first presidential contender to report a new way of dealing with hurricanes. Late last month, Axios reported that President Trump has repeatedly suggested to Homeland Security and other officials to investigate the use of nuclear weapons to interrupt hurricanes targeting the United States.
Trump denied having made such a proposal.
Jason Samenow and Jasper Ward contributed to this report.