Outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Private transgender Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, who was supposed to serve a 35-year sentence for leaking Military secrets. Manning was convicted in 2013 for violations of the Espionage Act for leaking key Military documents to Wikileaks. The battlefield reports were used by Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, putting a lot of people in danger. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) put it perfectly, “I don’t understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies.”
Make no mistake, Manning is not a whistle-blower, but a traitor to his country. She stole 750,000 documents from the Army, making it impossible for her to know what was in all those emails. Democrats applauded the efforts of President Obama, again another example of hypocrisy from the left. Democrats hate the leaking of documents when it hurts them but when it fits to their narrative they have no problem with it. During the election campaign, Democrats were outraged about Russia sponsoring the leaks of John Podestas emails. The leaks unveiled shady dealings related to Clinton and her stint as Secretary of State and with her campaign staff. Since it severely damaged her campaign, the left was staunchly against Wikileaks and Julian Assange. The left can’t have it both ways; if you don’t like what Assange did than you can’t support the commutation of Chelsea Manning. It also begs the question of whether Chelsea would have gotten this commutation if she were still Bradley Manning. In today’s politically correct world, Manning’s diagnosis of having gender dysmorphia could have swayed the decision of President Obama. Marco Rubio did not mince words when disagreeing with the decision of President Obama, stating
“Private Manning violated an oath as a member of the U.S. military and endangered the lives of fellow service members and individuals in contact with the U.S. government around the world….It is shameful that President Obama is siding with lawbreakers and the ACLU against the men and women who work every day to defend our nation and safeguard U.S. government secrets.”
As the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump nears, more and more House Democrats are planning to skip the inauguration in an attempt to deem President-elect Trump’s win as illegitimate. As it stands, 60 House Democrats have committed to skipping, including Representative John Lewis who recently made his tendentious comments about Trump not being the legitimate president. John Lewis did a lot for civil rights but he is out of line here and furthering a divide in our nation in which needs coming together. Mr. Trump won the election fair and square, the voters chose him. Lest we forget back during the debates when Hillary and the Democrats said Trump’s unwillingness to accept the election results was a direct threat to our democracy. So, it is safe to say now that what the Democrats are doing is sour grapes, and they need to get over it. It’s also no surprise that of the 60 House Democrats, a combined 22 are from deep blue California and New York.
President-elect gave his views on the matter in an interview with Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt: “He(Lewis) got caught in a very bad lie, so let’s see what happens. As far as other people not going, that’s ok because we need seats so badly.” The lie Trump is referring to is Lewis made the claim this was the first inauguration he would be skipping, when in fact he also skipped the inauguration of George W. Bush. The Democrats are playing a dangerous game, risking future Inaugurations to strictly being a partisan occasion. The event is supposed to signify the peaceful transfer of power but the transition process has been anything but that.
No Democratic Senators have pledged to skip yet but Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did leave that door open, saying “I think each person has to make the choice on their own, but I don’t begrudge those who have said they’re boycotting. Each person can make his or her own decision.”