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."
See other responses below.
"exposing horrific war crimes perpetrated with taxpayer dollars" =/= "acting out— AJ Basso (@AJBasso247) July 27, 2017
Jesus f'ing Christ, Joy
Manning is 10x the person you are
Bravely faced the threat of life in federal hell prison to expose heinous murders. More sacrifice than you'll ever dream. True patriot. pic.twitter.com/4kRnlpByyp— AJ Basso (@AJBasso247) July 27, 2017
act out... in what way, exactly? Manning exposed war crimes by the US military, helped draw the war down, and was tortured for it.— Matt Provenzano (@mattprov94) July 27, 2017
Wow you just won't miss any opportunity to defend US imperialism, will you?— Thomas Albert (@MBCTommy) July 27, 2017
Chelsea did not “act out,” Joy. She disclosed evidence of war crimes.— Tiocfaidh Ár Jezza (@anfeardathuil) July 27, 2017
'I don't feel my gender identity is respected by this institution. Therefore, and solely because of this, I'll expose some war crimes.'— ▘▛▍▚▛▗ ▎▜▗ (@comingindigestn) July 27, 2017
If, in a different world, Joy Reid felt supported or loved, do you think she always tweet such bitter rot? Food 4 thought...— nyebbies (@nyebbies) July 27, 2017