It’s been positively whiplash-inducing to see how Trump’s election abruptly transformed Democrats into staunch advocates of states’ rights, the Constitution, the rule of law, limits on executive power and laws guarding classified information. But it would be easier to believe their outrage about Trump allegedly classified sharing info with Russia on the terror threat if they hadn’t poo-pooed Hillary’s unsecure email server and yawned when Obama pardoned Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
Just four years ago, Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was sentenced to 35 years in Leavenworth for giving WikiLeaks a huge trove of classified documents on Iraq and Afghanistan. Overlooked in all the hubbub over an alleged secondhand claim that Trump shared classified info with Russia (which he has the power to do) was news that Manning was just released. Having transitioned in prison into a transgender female, Manning reportedly reenters the outside world as a trans celebrity heroine, with lucrative movie and book offers waiting. It makes me wonder who’s really undergone the bigger transformation.