Kremlin plot? Russia critics ridiculed for claiming Moscow is behind Chelsea Manning’s Senate run

Anti-Russia conspiracy theorists have developed another outlandish claim, stating that Moscow is behind Chelsea Manning’s Senate bid, since she’s taking on an incumbent who is against so-called “Russian aggression.”

US whistleblower Chelsea Manning confirmed her bid for a Senate seat for the state of Maryland on Sunday, releasing a campaign video alongside a tweet which simply stated: “Yup, we’re running for Senate.”

Manning says she’s running because “we need someone willing to fight… we need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.” But that reason seems too straightforward for those who apparently believe that everything related to US politics is somehow tied to Russia.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, foreign policy and strategy consultant Molly McKew called Manning’s decision to run “a little too convenient,” noting that she is running against Senator Ben Cardin, who is “one of [the] most active senators on foreign policy and [a] leader in making policy/legislation to respond to Russian aggression.”

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In a separate tweet, she referenced Manning’s whistleblowing and the apparent motive behind it. “The agent of a foreign power coerced this individual, leveraging their emotional distress, into breaking their oath to the country and disclosing classified secrets.” 

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If McKew’s remarks seem hard to comprehend, that’s perfectly understandable. If you need them to be interpreted, it all boils down to the same old line: Russia did it. That’s right. Russia is responsible for Manning’s whistleblowing, and Russia is somehow behind her decision to run for office.

Her statements were called out by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped make Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing a reality. “One of the media’s favorite Russia-obsessed ‘experts’ didn’t even wait an hour before depicting Chelsea Manning’s Senate candidacy as a dastardly Kremlin plot,” he tweeted. He went on to call out the “demonstrable, obvious falsehoods about Manning’s motives & WikiLeaks’ role” which McKew wrote about in her second tweet.

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But McKew isn’t alone in her bold statements. A person by the name of Josh Manning, whose Twitter account says he is a civil rights investigator and something to do with “Army intel,” seems to believe the same.

“Senator Cardin authored and released a 200-page masterpiece on Russian influence in western elections. Suddenly he has a primary from Kremlin stooge Assange’s Wikileaks primary source Chelsea Manning. The Kremlin plays the extreme left to swing elections. Remember that,” he wrote.

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Greenwald also chimed in on Josh Manning’s tweet. “Oh my God: This is how deranged official Washington is. The president of the largest Dem Party think-tank (funded in part by dictators) genuinely believes Chelsea Manning’s candidacy is a Kremlin plot. Conspiracy theorists thrive more in mainstream DC than on internet fringes.”

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So there you have it. Chelsea Manning is running for US Senate, and it’s all Russia’s fault. Stay tuned for other US political developments and more claims on how the Kremlin is allegedly responsible for them.

ESTABLISHMENT GOP DESERTING POSTS AHEAD OF MIDTERMS TO PUNISH NATIONALISTS

Willing to throw elections to Democrats to bring The Swamp back to status quo

 | Infowars.com – JANUARY 10, 2018

Establishment Republicans are abandoning their posts to throw the midterms to the Democrats as punishment for the nationalist/populist wing of the party.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is the latest Congressman to announce his retirement.

“While my service to California’s 49th district will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me, advancing on behalf of the causes that are most important to me, advancing public policy where I believe I can make a true and lasting difference, and continuing the fight to make our incredible nation an even better place to call home,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

Issa, who served in the House since 2001, is the latest Republican to announce his retirement from Congress.

Others include Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bob Corker (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Flake even announced his retirement in a scathing anti-Trump speech, and warned of the “potency of the populist appeal” that “threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people.”

“I have decided that I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles,” he said.

Corker is also openly anti-Trump, having called the White House an “adult day care center.”

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In total, 31 Republican seats will be open in the midterms compared to 16 Democrat seats.

The establishment wing of the GOP fears a populist uprising more than a loss to Democrats because they’re ideologically more similar to them than the nationalist/populist wing.

The cascade of retirements and resignations could be a larger effort to burn down their own party rather than let the nationalist-populist movement take it over.

“Crazy? Would you put it past them? According to some of the fanatic Never Trumpers – who overlap with much of the GOPe/Conservative Inc. crew – we have some sort of moral obligation to lose as penance for not adhering to their measured, sensible guidance,” wrote Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter.

“Make no mistake – some of them see a defeat in 2018 as the first step back to their former glory.”

The fact is, even if they didn’t “retire” and continued to defend their seats in the midterms, they’d likely still lose to populist insurgents vying to lead the party away from neocon policies.

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*(FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE) – SF XMAS TERROR ATTACK THWARTED

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FBI: Man planned Christmas terror attack for SF’s Pier 39

Officials have stopped a man who reportedly stated that “Christmas was the perfect day” for a terror attack in San Francisco and “did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die.”

We’ve learned the FBI has arrested a man by the name of Everitt Aaron Jameson from Modesto. According to a handwritten letter obtained by the FBI, Jameson also referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon.

RELATED: New ISIS video names targets in San Francisco, Las Vegas

According to FBI documents, Jameson picked the Pier 39 location because he “had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area.” He added that it would be easy to “funnel” people into an area where he could inflict casualties.

Jameson reportedly said he was inspired by the New York terror attack on Oct. 31, when a man drove into a crowd and killed eight people, and the deadly 2015 shooting in San Bernardino.

RELATED: New York City bike path truck rampage: Who are the victims?

The documents also say Jameson was posting and liking pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism content on Facebook.
And according to the documents, the suspect was discharged from the Marine Corps. He had prior military experience with a “sharpshooter” rifle qualification and expertise with rifle marksmanship.

RELATED: A history of mass shootings in the United States

Officials say Jameson was talking to an undercover FBI agent. They add that he was arrested earlier this week and a search warrant was executed at his Modesto home. Several firearms were found, along with fireworks.
ABC7 News contacted officials at Pier 39 to ask for a response, they say they did not know about this plot.

Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.

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After student hangs Kate Steinle posters, university’s bias response office launches probe

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A student at the University of California San Diego has been contacted to report to its Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination after hanging pro-Kate Steinle posters across the campus.

On the evening of Dec. 7, Gregory Lu hung 150 posters of Steinle’s smiling face with the words “She had dreams too” in highly traversed areas across campus that other students typically hang items on, such as bulletin boards and the free speech area.

Four days later, an investigator with the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination emailed Lu asking to meet with him.

“Our office received an online incident report and I would like to schedule a time to speak with you about it. Are you free this week by phone or in person,” the investigator asked in his email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

Lu (pictured) said he replied seeking more information about the meeting, which has yet to take place, and has been in contact with an attorney.

Lu added he feels certain the bias complaint stems from the Steinle posters, noting as he put them up a couple students followed him around and watched his every move. The day after Lu hung the posters, all of them had been taken down, he added.

The same day Lu was contacted by the bias office, the UC San Diego College Democrats had also called the posters “racist propaganda” targeting the “undocumented community” in a statement posted on their Facebook page. It went on to describe the posters as “displays of hate.”

UC San Diego’s spokesman and the investigator from the bias office did not respond to College Fix requests for comment Monday and Tuesday.

Lu, in a telephone interview with The College Fix, said he feels being contacted by a bias investigator is a way in which campus leaders can try to clamp down on his free speech rights.

“This is definitely an intimidation attempt in trying to get students to make sure they never do this again,” said Lu, who put up the vast majority of the posters but did have help from two peers toward the end of his effort.

“It’s a threat [the bias office’s probe] because conservatives on this campus already have a hard time,” Lu said. “For this to happen — it’s almost a violation of our free speech rights.”

“We have had a bunch of left-wing posters go up all the time,” Lu added. “So the argument they might make is, ‘This is a political poster, we don’t want you to put it up’ is a nonsensical argument because leftists put up posters all the time.”

While Lu is a member of the College Republicans, he said the poster effort was not done on that group’s behalf. Instead, it was the project of a newly formed Right Wing West.

Right Wing West does include students who are members of College Republican chapters, but a representative of the budding organization told The College Fix that its members want to remain unnamed because they are concerned they will be targeted by progressive peers or overzealous administrators.

Lu’s case may be a perfect example of that.

As for the Steinle posters, it was the group’s first foray into activism, and according to a video posted on its Facebook page its members hung the same “She had dreams too” images on campuses across the West Coast, and they were “ripped down” at: University of Washington, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Eastern Washington University, Washington State and San Diego State.

The video includes a snippet of two women taking down the posters at the University of Washington, calling the images “racist” because of the wording.

A student at San Diego State confirmed to The College Fix that the Steinle posters were taken down there. Berkeley students also posted photos showing that a large Steinle poster they had left up in memoriam had been ripped up and thrown away by unknown assailants.

The media and our politicians want to erase Kate’s name and story from history,” the group stated on Facebook. “It’s on us to speak the name of America’s lost daughter: Kate Steinle. #EndSanctuaryCities.”

Lu said he was glad to take part in the operation.

“I wanted to do this because I wanted to put forth the alternative narrative,” he said. “On a college campus the narrative is pretty leftwing. We wanted to put something up that said, ‘We denounce the verdict, we want to shine light upon this issue.’”

MORE: At UC Berkeley, vandals trash vigil poster honoring Kate Steinle

 

Senator Admits *No* Wrongdoing, Says He’s ‘Champion of Women’ — But Will Resign Anyway (…in ‘Weeks’)

by SEAN MORAN7 Dec 2017

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced his resignation Thursday following multiple accusations of sexual assault and repeated calls from over 30 of his Democratic colleagues to step down.

“Today, I am announcing that in the coming weeks I am resigning as a member of the U.S. Senate,” said Franken said on the Senate floor:

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Franken commented on the recent national conversation over sexual assault, where numerous Hollywood celebrities, media executives, and government officials have been accused of sexual assault.

“A couple months ago I felt that we had entered an important moment in the history of this country. We finally listened to women.”

“Then the conversation turned to me,” Franken added.

He, however, denied many of the accusations brought against him by eight women.

“I also think that it gave some people the false impression that I did things I have not done,” the Minnesota Democrat charged. “Some things aren’t true, while others I remember very differently.”

Franken then turned his attention to President Donald Trump and Alabama’s senatorial candidate Judge Roy Moore who have both denied accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against them.

“I am leaving, while a man in the oval office has bragged about his sexual assault on tape,” Franken said of Trump. “While another man who has the full support of his Party,” Franken said, referring to Moore.

Franken’s office announced on Wednesday that the Minnesota senator would make an announcement Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined 30 of his fellow Democratic lawmakers calling on Franken to resign on Wednesday.

“I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately,” Schumer said in a short statement.

Female senators calling for Schumer’s ouster included Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

Sen. Mazie Hirono initially defended Franken, but eventually called for him to step aside.

“Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend,” she wrote Wednesday. “But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.”

On Wednesday morning, journalist Tina Dupuy accused Sen. Franken of sexual misconduct in a piece published by The Atlantic. Dupuy claimed that Franken groped her in 2009 at a Media Matters party during President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Sen. Franken’s numerous sexual assault scandals first broke when Leann Tweeden, a journalist who anchors at TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, California, accused Sen. Franken of fondling her while she slept and shoving his tongue down her throat without her consent.

Franken released multiple statements apologizing for his inappropriate conduct towards numerous women and asked for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his actions.

Mitt Romney, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to initially call on the Minnesota Democrat to resign, while all of these establishment Republicans called for Alabama Judge Roy Moore to step aside given the unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault against the Alabama Senate Republican candidate.

President Donald Trump reacted to the Franken’s sexual assault allegations by labeling the Minnesota senator “Al Frankenstein.”