Ex-soldier Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning prior to the gender transition, has sparked massive controversy with his political comments since being released from prison. Manning was arrested in 2010 after releasing 700,000 classified government documents on WikiLeaks, reported the New York Post.
Following the arrest, Manning was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including Espionage Act violations and various types of fraud. Originally sentenced to 35 years in military prison, where the transition took place, he only served 7 years after being cleared of the most serious charge—aiding the enemy.
According to Fox, former President Barack Obama granted Manning clemency before leaving office. Manning was officially released in May of 2017.
Manning’s most recent controversial comments came on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 9th, 2018. Instead of appreciating our heroes in blue, like the majority of people, Manning took to social media to curse at members of the police force.
The 29-year-old stated, “F---- the police. #DisarmThePolice #WeGotThis #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay.”
Additionally, Manning posted a series of Tweets that discredited police officers and made harsh statements towards them, including that police are “the worst armed criminals” and they “kill hundreds of people every year with absolute impunity.”
Manning was immediately under fire for the remarks. People responded to the Tweets with rage calling him a “traitor” and “extremist.” Several political commentators from the mainstream media also condemned Manning’s remarks, including reporters at Fox News.
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