When Chelsea Manning announced she was running for Senate, there weren’t a lot of people who took it seriously. Then came the campaign ad about challenging the system, proving that even a soldier who desecrates their oath can make a bid for higher office.
Recently, Manning took fire for the following photo:
We’ve identified one of the others in that photo of Chelsea Manning and a grip of far-right conspiracy theorists:
— Casey Michel (@cjcmichel) January 24, 2018
In an explanation to the Daily Beast, Manning said she was attempting to infiltrate the “alt-right.”
“Charlottesville was a wakeup call for me. I saw how these people will actually kill us, and we need to do something about it. I felt like I hadn’t done enough. I just can’t sit and watch everything get worse,” Manning explained.
The blowback from the image appeared to tarnish Manning.
On Tuesday, she tweeted about how she’s “hit rock bottom” since:
its been over a week since ive let everyone who helped me out of prison down, so many of you have helped me thru tough times, i tried too hard to do too much, im sorry im a human being and not a symbol, i have hit rock bottom
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 30, 2018
Manning’s show of instability amid her run for Senate isn’t a good look. Regardless, she hasn’t said that she has plans to drop out just yet. But with such tweets, Manning’s opponent, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), probably doesn’t have much to be concerned over.
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