Chelsea Mannings Senate Campaign Has Brought the Internet Trolls out of the Woodwork
helsea Manning is a controversial figure, to say the least. The transgender activist and former soldier rose to prominence in 2010, when she was found guilty of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison — by far the longest punishment imposed in the U.S. for a leak conviction.
On the day she was convicted, Chelsea came out as transgender. “I take full and complete responsibility for my decision to disclose these materials to the public. I have never made any excuses for what I did,” Manning wrote at the time. “The bottom-line is this: I need help and I am still not getting it. I am living through a cycle of anxiety, anger, hopelessness, loss, and depression. I cannot focus. I cannot sleep. I attempted to take my own life.”
Manning served seven years, but then, after more than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Barack Obama to cut Manning’s sentence short, the rest of her sentence was commuted by Obama in 2017.
Now, she’s running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
On January 11, Chelsea Manning officially filed to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.
She’s going to be running as a Democrat. Her opponent is incumbent Senator Ben Cardin, also a Democrat. He’s held the Senate seat since 2006 and is running for his third term in 2018 against Manning.
Manning announced her campaign on the morning of Twitter on Sunday, January 14.
“Yup, we’re running for senate,” she tweeted, complete with sunglasses, rainbow, and heart emojis. “#WeGotThis” seems to be the rallying cry of her campaign.
The tweet accompanied a link to her first campaign ad, which you can watch in its entirety here:
“We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, hate,” Manning narrates over disturbing video of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“We don’t need more or better leaders,” she continues. “We need someone willing to fight.”
As you can probably imagine, the responses to the news of a Chelsea Manning Senate run have been quite…varied.
Many are rooting for her — she is obviously a passionate figure who wants to truly transform how our leaders lead and frankly, she also wants to change who our leaders are. Her ad showed how many of our current Senators, even on the Democratic side, still meet with Donald Trump.
Still, Chelsea Manning has her detractors.
This person might have a point, but “no experience in government, law, or economics” didn’t stop our current president from reaching the highest office in the nation. It seems the traditional avenues by which people end up in government positions have become kind of moot.
But that’s not where the reactions end…
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