Chelsea Manning is running for Senator from Maryland, and I think that is absolutely fantastic. She is somebody who has put herself on the line to bring the truth to the American people, and she is somebody who has paid a pretty steep price for that. 7 years in prison, and a good chunk of it in solitary confinement.. If anybody in America is anti-government, it is Chelsea Manning.
There is ample precedent for someone going from prison to politics. Jean Valjean, of course, even though he’s fictional. Nelson Mandela. Former Czech president and founding father Vaclav Havel. Uruguayan president Jose Mujica. In fact, in South America, it’s not all that uncommon.
I can’t think of any other examples of transgender people who’ve achieved high office, but the possibility of physically changing your gender is still a relatively new one in human history, so first time for everything.
Will she win? I don’t know. I imagine progressives will support her massively. Establishment Democrats might want to go against her, but they won’t be able to because it wouldn’t be PC. Of course, the Republicans will vote for whoever the Republican is, even if they fuck goats. So, we’ll see. It’s Maryland. Always a toss-up.
I’m just glad to see that she’s come through her ordeal stronger and bolder than ever before, and I support her 100%