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Right Wing Pundits Mock Chelsea Manning’s Senate Run
Following news that Chelsea Manning, the former soldier who was jailed for leaking classified military information, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat, right wing commentators have unleashed vitriolic attacks upon the transgender activist.
Manning’s YouTube campaign ad addressed the current mood of dread and rage that dominates U.S. politics. As the video showed protesters and footage of dangerous clashes, Manning says, “We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, of hate.”
Manning’s message was filled with doubt regarding traditional politicians.
“We don’t need more or better leaders,” said Manning. “We need someone willing to fight. They won’t support us. They won’t compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge this at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore. We can do better.”
Fox News commentator Jim Hanson was outraged by Manning’s senatorial aspirations and mocked her internet presence. “It is one thing to cheer on a somewhat comical protestor whose emoji addiction on Twitter leans heavily on rainbows and unicorns,” wrote Hanson. “It’s quite another to actually support an alumnus of the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for a job requiring the trust of the public.”
Radio host and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch went further than Hanson, refusing to acknowledge Manning as female.
Speaking to Grant Stinchfield on NRATV, Loesch said, “I’m not going to suddenly pretend that this individual who is pretending to be a woman is a part of my sisterhood.”
“Just because you get some boobs, and you put some red lipstick on, poorly applied, and a very poor smoky eye bad dye job, that don’t make you a chick,” Media Matters reports Loesch went on to say. “So don’t appropriate my sex.”