American hero Chelsea Manning, the hacker responsible for disseminating important information to the public through Wikileaks, allegedly hopes to serve her country again in a new capacity: as a US senator.
Manning filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday, and The Washington Post broke the story early Saturday. Manning. Manning will run as a Democrat in Maryland, opposing fellow Democrat Ben Cardin. Cardin has served two terms as the senior Maryland senator and is up for re-election in November, with the odds considerably stacked in his favor.
Support for Manning's candidacy has already been pouring in on social media.
Me: it’s stupid to be personally invested in politicians, none of them deserve our allegiance
Also me, hearing the Chelsea Manning news: I’M WITH HER
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) January 13, 2018
— kill tim faust (@crulge) January 13, 2018
Senator Chelsea Manning sounds cool
— Alexandra Halaby (@iskandrah) January 13, 2018
There is also a huge amount of backlash from conservatives and bigots — shocking! — who seem gleeful that Democrats will be forced to disavow Manning for her history as a "traitor" and a cop-hater. Hopefully, the party will instead see the power in having a woman who gave up her freedom to take a stand for governmental transparency in a position of political power.