JUST IN: Convicted Felon, Chelsea Manning, Running For U.S. Senate
Bethesda, MD - Chelsea Manning, a convicted felon whose sentence was commuted by President Obama, has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.
Manning, who filed as a Democrat, will be challenging two-term seated Democrat Ben Cardin, according to Washington Post.
There are no laws preventing a convicted felon from becoming a U.S. Senator.
Manning was known as Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, when he was court-martialed for espionage in 2013 after having leaked 750,000 documents, many of them classified, to WikiLeaks.
After his conviction, Manning was sent to the Fort Leavenworth military prison. While he was serving time, Manning announced that he identified as a woman, and transitioned to become “Chelsea.”
President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence in January of 2017. She had served only three years of her sentence when she was released from prison.
Since her release, Manning has become an activist for transsexual military personnel, and spends a lot of time on social media, where she’s known for her over usage of emojis.
She posted “f**k the police” on Twitter on Jan. 9, which was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
316,000 people follow Manning on Twitter.
It was no surprise that she followed her initial anti-police tweet with a barrage of additional cop-hating messages.
She also tweeted “police kill hundreds of people every year with absolute impunity" and “police and prosecutors steal more through ‘civil asset forfeiture’ than all ‘property crime’ combined.”
Fox & Friends conservative media pundit Michelle Malkin didn’t hold back on her feelings about Manning’s tweet during the Wednesday morning broadcast of the show.
“This person is a disgrace to the uniform that this person once wore,” Malkin said. “Over the last couple of weeks we had everybody on the left, in the media, and in politics pretending to be some sort of licensed psychologist. Well, I will tell you as Dr. Malkin, that this person is absolutely deranged.”