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President Obama’s Tuesday pardon and commutation spree unexpectedly included lopping several decades off of former Army soldier Chelsea (don’t call me Bradley) Manning’s original 35-year sentence for stealing and sending 750,000 pages of videos and documents to WikiLeaks.
The intelligence community was angry at this, as were politicians like Arizona Senator John McCain and Marco Rubio, among others.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 17, 2017
Rubio hasn’t tweeted about it yet, but he did release this statement. Notice anything odd?
In written statement, Sen Marco Rubio R-FL does not use "Chelsea," only "Private Manning" pic.twitter.com/0ycJxG8JyC
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 18, 2017
Of course, this is a conundrum for many who aren’t quite sure what to call mentally disturbed people who mutilate themselves because they think they are the “wrong sex.” Even Senator Rubio, though he would never criticize Manning’s sex “choice” because he enjoys being a senator, appears to be conflicted on what exactly to call her, or him, or it…
So he just avoids pronouns entirely and goes with Private Manning.
A safe decision? Not according to liberals.
Rubio doesn’t use a pronoun- or the name “Chelsea” in his entire statement condemning Manning commutation decision: https://t.co/3JOZIrh4Xu
— Amir Nasr (@amir_anasr) January 17, 2017
Rubio statement pointedly avoids the first name "Chelsea" in condemning Obama's commutation of the trans soldier's sentence pic.twitter.com/8rc5gpU9CY
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 17, 2017
Many were quick to point out the oddity of what these folks chose to focus on:
@MarcACaputo Cause that’s what important to focus on…
— Chris Tsotsoros (@ctsotsoros) January 17, 2017
— 100 Proof (@ChampionCapua) January 17, 2017
— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) January 17, 2017
@MarcACaputo ah. So the focus should be on what we call this traitor not what it did.
— Hans Gruber (@hansgruberdies) January 17, 2017
@MarcACaputo Call me when he has XX chromosomes. Then he’s a woman. The science is settled.
— TFC3Tweets (@TFC3Tweets) January 17, 2017
@MarcACaputo And this matters, how? Are the crimes better or worse depending on the first name used in this condemnation?
— A Woodworker (@oenophil15) January 17, 2017
And finally, a tweet that sums it all up…
@MarcACaputo Wow! Stop the presses! No, seriously…stop the presses, y’all have lost your damn minds.
— I trump you..I won (@esparhawk) January 18, 2017
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