Manning, a 30-year-old transgender woman born as Bradley, has been a controversial figure in the social networks ever since being released from a Kansas prison in May 2017. The freed leaker subsequently moved to Maryland.
After it surfaced that Citizen Manning was filing for the senator election campaign in Maryland, thousands indicated that they would unsubscribe from those who refused to support Manning’s bold aspirations, thus lauding Chelsea’s efforts to fight total government secrecy.
If you are cool with Sheriff Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona but up in arms that Chelsea Manning is running in Maryland — you my friend are a HYPOCRITE. #GoChelsea
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) 14 января 2018 г.
If you have something bad to say about Chelsea Manning, I don’t care about any thought you have about anything at all
— Joseph Fink (@PlanetofFinks) 13 января 2018 г.
Chelsea Manning wrote serious draft cybersecurity legislation to abolish the FISA court WHILE SHE WAS IN PRISON and did not have access to the Internet or a word processor that could save documents. She had to call supporters to look up citations etc. Gtfo with “no experience”
— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) 13 января 2018 г.
However, many pro-Trumpers immediately opted for a comparison with the Democratic approach at large, pointing to the fact that Manning’ campaign – that of a “traitor,” and, on top of it, a transgender, would be highly indicative of the modern-day life of the Democratic party, which Manning represents.
Chelsea Manning getting elected to the Senate would be the confirmation of every negative stereotype people have about Democrats and would be the best thing in the world for the GOP.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) 13 января 2018 г.
>Becomes a traitor
>Goes to jail
>Cuts off genitalia
>Gets out of prison early
>Runs for office
If this doesn’t describe the modern day Democratic Party, I don’t know what does.
— Brandon (@brandongroeny) 14 января 2018 г.
Bradley Manning (real name) has filed to run for a senate seat as a Democrat in Maryland.
But with what qualifications?
1. Committed treason against the United States.
2. Confused about which bathroom to piss in.
The Democrat’s wet dream.
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) 14 января 2018 г.
Chelsea Manning filed candidacy applications with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday, the Washington Post reported, thus challenging 74-year-old incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms and is up for re-election in November.
Having been convicted in 2013 of 20 counts for releasing more than 700,000 classified government documents she was initially sentenced to 35 years in prison — the longest sentence ever in a leak case. She was released in May 2017 after serving seven years, when President Obama granted her clemency.
A highly outspoken figure on the internet, some praise Chelsea as a hero. Nevertheless, many others label her a traitor for leaking sensitive data on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the inmates in Guantánamo.
She has made headlines constantly since her release; for instance, when she posed in a swimsuit for Vogue in August, or detailed her beauty secrets in an article for Yahoo!. She has also been a columnist on transgender rights and government transparency for The Guardian.