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In her first column since Obama commuted her sentence, Chelsea Manning urges progressive Americans not to try to compromise with Trump’s GOP.
Manning recalled how Obama spent years trying to reach across the aisle and work with the Republicans, only to be rebuffed by an increasingly extreme, unreasonable party.
In her Guardian column, Manning writes:
Now, after eight years of attempted compromise and relentless disrespect in return, we are moving into darker times. Healthcare will change for the worse, especially for those of us in need. Criminalization will expand, with bigger prisons filled with penalized bodies – poor, black, brown, queer and trans people. People will probably be targeted because of their religion. Queer and trans people expect to have their rights infringed upon.
The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader.
Manning’s right. In an era in which the Republican Party is more hateful, bizarre, anti-science and corrupt, compromise is not an option.