President Donald Trump may receive some competition for most tweet-happy politician! Apparently emoji-filled tweets aren’t enough for Chelsea Manning because she has filed papers to run for the Senate in Maryland. From The Washington Post:
Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army private who was convicted of passing sensitive government documents to Wikileaks, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, according to federal election filings.
Manning, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, would be challenging Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms in the Senate and is up for re-election in November. Cardin is Maryland’s senior senator and is considered an overwhelming favorite to win a third term.
I guess no one knew about this beforehand because WaPo said the filings caused the state’s “political class by surprise.”
Cardin is considered non-vulnerable, but a well-known person like Manning could present a challenge for him, especially since she has expressed extreme leftist views in interviews and on social media. WaPo continued:
Manning moved to Maryland after her release and friends and family raised more than $175,000 to support her through an online campaign. Since then, she has written for The Guardian and Medium on issues of transparency, free speech and civil liberties, according to her web site.
Manning’s statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. She is running as a Democrat and refers to Maryland as her “home state” on her web site.
Manning’s first column for The Guardian said Obama’s election in 2008 was a political awakening for her. Manning wrote Obama left behind “hints of a progressive legacy,” but very few permanent accomplisments.
“This vulnerable legacy should remind us that what we really need is a strong and unapologetic progressive to lead us,” Manning wrote. “What we need as well is a relentless grassroots movement to hold that leadership accountable.”
Yeah, well, Manning comes with controversy.
In 2007, Manning joined the military and went to Iraq to serve as an intelligence analyst for two years:
Manning, 30, who is formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convicted in 2013 of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Last year, then President Obama commuted Manning’s sentence to time served and she was released from a military prison in Kansas.
She sent those documents to Wikileaks, which also pushed the whistle-blowing website to international fame.
After her release, she has used her fame to take over social media and attach herself to those leftist views she holds dear. This includes hating on law enforcement.
On national Law Enforcement Day, she sent out this lovely tweet:
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 9, 2018
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