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MSNBC's Joy Reid destroyed on Twitter for what she said about transgender Chelsea Manning
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MSNBC's Joy Reid destroyed on Twitter for what she said about transgender Chelsea Manning

MSNBC's Joy Reid used transgender soldier Chelsea Manning on Wednesday night to further her own agenda against President Donald Trump's proposed transgender military ban.

Reid, in a Twitter rant reminiscent of those she rails against, began by voicing her concern over a CNN guest who used Manning and her circumstances to support Trump's proposed ban.

Reid wrote, "@CNN guest just played the Chelsea Manning card against trans troops."

Following up her original tweet, Reid expounded on her remarks.

"I'm no fan of what Manning did," Reid continued, "but isn't it arguable that if she'd had access to reassignment she'd have been less volatile & vulnerable?"

Reid added, "I interviewed the soldier who turned Manning in. He told me Manning was getting into fights (in one a woman officer was struck) and lacked strong friendships in the company. There was a lot going on familywise [sic], etc (which happens to non-Trans troops too)."

"There's zero evidence that being trans prompted Manning to download that info and hand it to Wikileaks," Reid said, doubling down on her earlier remarks that had Manning had "access to reassignment," she might have been "less volatile" and "vulnerable."

This is where things became dicey: Reid then began concluding her tirade and wrote, "But wouldn't having a person feel supported by the institution reduce the chances that they'd act out in any way? Just a thought."

Reid's followers accused the MSNBC host of transphobia, and claimed that Manning's actions were "heroic," and that Reid's tweets were "revolting."

"Even by your standards, this is one of the most revolting tweets I've seen in a while," a user wrote. "Chelsea was not 'acting out.' She was being a hero."

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