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Chelsea Manning to Run for US Senate – Delusions of Grandeur or Publicity Stunt

“She pieced together a campaign style montage containing video images of police officers interacting with protestors and white supremacists marching in the streets, along with a spoken message about how we live in trying times of suppression and hatred…The United States doesn’t need representatives in office that don’t support law enforcement or offer productive solutions.”

Disgraced former soldier and controversial figure Chelsea Manning took to social media to announce a Senate bid following reports that she had filed a statement of candidacy in Maryland. Most recall Bradley Manning, the army private first class who was sentenced to 35 years in prison after downloading and releasing vast amounts of classified information to Wikileaks. Upon reporting to prison, Manning announced that he was transgender and would live as a woman for the remainder of his days.

Before he left office, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence after having served seven years. Once released, Manning hit the ground running on Twitter. A self-proclaimed “Network Security Expert” she has carved out a niche in social justice warrior cyberspace. She has also made several speaking appearances to share her thoughts on computer safety and whatnot.

Scrolling through Manning’s Twitter feed requires several pauses to finish eye rolling. Chelsea Manning works overtime attempting to incorporate her status as a transgender woman into her cause. Speaking of causes, Manning harbors a lot of animosity towards law enforcement officials. When she’s not retweeting hateful comments other users have left in attempts to rile up her followers, Manning is blasting police and government organizations. She even compared US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo.

She even compared US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Nazi Germany Gestapo.

The amount of Twitter followers Manning somehow amassed has caused her to suffer from delusions of grandeur. While Chelsea would like the world to forget about Bradley, we haven’t and we never will. She can rebrand herself as a woman and social justice warrior, but it’s not going to change what she did. Especially not when she comes out swinging against law enforcement.

Chelsea Manning’s criminal background doesn’t disqualify her from running for a Senate seat in the state of Maryland. She pieced together a campaign style montage containing video images of police officers interacting with protestors and white supremacists marching in the streets, along with a spoken message about how we live in trying times of suppression and hatred.

I’m sorry, but I would hardly call Chelsea Manning “oppressed.” She did her crime and was given clemency before doing her time. It’s insane how Manning has turned herself into a martyr and anti-police spokesperson. The United States doesn’t need representatives in office that don’t support law enforcement or offer productive solutions.

Scrolling through Manning’s Twitter feed requires several pauses to finish eye rolling.

Chelsea Manning is notoriously outspoken in her disapproval of President Trump, yet uses the same style of controversial speech made famous by the president. The disingenuous slogans and hashtags featured on Manning’s Twitter reek of self-promotion and a constant need for attention.

For example, “We have more power than they do,” supposedly refers to the Trump administration. President Trump was an outspoken critic of Manning, blasting President Obama’s decision to commute her sentence. This stunt is more about a bid for publicity than it is for a Senate seat.

If it isn’t and I’m wrong, who in their right minds would vote for someone who knowingly and willingly shared classified information with the public?

Angelina Newsom

Angelina Newsom is a U.S. Army Veteran. She has ten years experience in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She studies Criminal Justice and is still active within the military community.

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