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I also understand the counter-argument that does portray her as a whistleblower. I disagree with the value of her leaks however, especially the way she just injudiciously did a document dump. But I also recognize that the government exagerrated the extent of her harm (although real-world Iraqis and Afghans who were working with us were placed in jeopardy by her).
But none of that qualifies her for service in the Senate in my opinion. She should consider herself fortunate to have been released and left it at that.
Beyond that, much as I probably agree with her on most issues, I also recognize that politics is the art of the possible, and that the ability to compromise and strike a deal are hallmark political skills. The problem with politics in this country is that too many people think that's a bad thing. This infection started with the Tea Party and other far-right "principled conservatives." Now it's spreading to the left as well.
Right or not, the fact that Manning is embracing Tea Party-style tactics completely disqualifies her in my view.
I mean, such exhausting overuse of emojis is clearly not the sign of a healthy mind.
Her cry of “We can fix this” is akin to Trump saying “I alone can fix this.”
She gives NO specifics. Her use of butterfly and smiley emojis on her Twitter feed is nauseating--there were 25 butterflies and rainbows in ONE tweet. I really think that she is “using” the LGBT community as her step to a Senate seat.
And why is she choosing a Senate seat?? Most Democratic women are filing and running for state assemblies and at the most US Rep. We need people with true political experience-not another damned “celebrity” who knows zero about how to construct a logical bill in congress. Who knows how to debate with facts and intelligence. Her comment (with rainbows, unicorns, flowers, and butterflies) says “I have read a 1000 books!” Oh give me a break!
Like SOME Dems wanting Oprah. Oh GOD NO!!
At times this party drives me crazy.
Serving time in prison and fighting for trans rights do not translate to skills necessary to be an effective senator.
This is a false claim going around the progressive interwebs. You need to get your facts straight. Obama did not pardon Manning. Obama commuted Manning's sentence something akin to a "compassionate release" from prison which in no way absolves Manning of any criminal convictions. A pardon is the legal equivalent of "your conviction never happened."