It’s hard to know exactly how to determine the winner of a debate, especially this early in the process. But author and activist Marianne Williamson (D) was the most searched candidate during the second night of the first 2020 Democratic debate Thursday night, according to GoogleTrends.
Before the second debate between the slate of Democratic White House hopefuls, candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden and entrepreneur Andrew Yang attracted the most attention online.
But during the actual debate, Williamson’s search interest surged almost every time she spoke onstage, according to Google. Her answers called for inspiring Americans and leading with “love.”
“I’ll tell you one thing, it’s really nice if we’ve got all these plans, but if you think we’re going to beat Donald Trump by just having all these plans, you’ve got another thing coming,” Williamson told her fellow candidates. “Because he didn’t win by saying he had a plan. He won by simply saying Make America Great Again. We’ve got to get deeper than just these superficial fixes, as important as they are.”
“[President Trump is] going to be beaten by somebody who has an idea what this man has done. … You have harnessed fear for political purposes and only love can cast that out,” Williamson said later. “So I, sir, I have a feeling you know what you’re doing. I’m going to harness love for political purposes. I will meet you on that field. And, sir, love will win.”
Williamson was given the third-least speaking time during Thursday night’s debate, finishing above only Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif) and Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang (D).
Williamson also took aim at candidates like Swalwell during the debate, who argued that older candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden (D) to “pass the torch” to the younger people running.
“The fact that somebody has a younger body doesn’t mean you don’t have old ideas,” Williamson said.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) attracted the second and third highest search rates during the debate, respectively, ahead of Biden and Yang.