Look who’s crashing the party.
On the evening following the Women’s March through New York streets, in order to protest the first year of a Trump presidency, Trump’s loyalists had their own event – a celebration of the 1 year anniversary, in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
It was billed “A Night for Freedom” and was hosted by Mike Cernovich, an alt-right conspiracy theorist and Trump clinger. Cernovich said of the event that it was a “gathering of patriots and political dissidents who are bored with mainstream political events.”
That could also read: A gathering of those who outlived their usefulness after the election and can’t get invited to mainstream political events.
The $139 general admission fee got attendees hors d’oeuvres and tickets for three drinks. DJ duo Milk N Cooks handled the music. As the event shifted into high gear, it featured an all-star lineup of fringe Internet celebrities, Trump backers and media trolls, including, reportedly, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe and the Gateway Pundit’s Lucian Wintrich.
So a gathering of fake news, crazed, alt-right conspiracy pimps, and wannabes.
Guess who else was there?
That’s right. The traitorous former Army intelligence analyst who jumped in bed with the Kremlin and leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, spent 7 years in prison for his crimes, and then decided to play dress-up and call himself “Chelsea” – a move that inspired our social justice president, Barack Obama to commute his sentence and release him on the world – showed up at a Cernovich event.
“I f‑‑‑ing crashed!” Manning, a current candidate for a Maryland U.S. Senate seat, told a New York Observer reporter at the coat check. Later in the night, Manning posted her own tweet acknowledging she had “crashed the fascist/white supremacist hate brigade party,” she wrote, adding: “learned in prison that the best way to confront your enemies is face-to-face in their space.”
“I think it’s clear that she does what she wants,” Cernovich told BuzzFeed. “And I think she knows that we’re the same way.”
Oh, good. Common ground.
Of course, Manning may have blew any political aspirations he may have held, because quite a few on the left are not happy with his smiling and chatting up people at a pro-Trump, alt-right function.
Further gasoline was poured on the fire when journalist Yashar Ali dug up a photo from December featuring Manning and other prominent far-right Internet figures, including Cernovich, Wintrich, Jack Posobiec and Gateway Pundit contributor Cassandra Fairbanks.
“Chelsea Manning at a CERNOVICH EVENT??? Say it ain’t so Chelsea!” one poster wrote. “Good to know on the day of the Women’s March, Chelsea Manning is attending a party held by an ultra right wing bigot and nazi sympathizer,” another said.
Others, such as The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, chimed in to say while you could question Manning’s actions, liberal warriors should not forget that he spent 7 years in prison for “exposing U.S. war crimes,” as well as fighting for trans rights, while in prison.
Oh, good grief.
Such was the backlash, that Manning, in his ever-confused state, took p***y-hat in hand and began begging for forgiveness.
On Monday, Manning again addressed the Saturday night event, writing on Twitter that “fascists/alt-right deserve no platform” and that she “took up an opportunity to gather intel on them b/c the ideology they peddle threatens everyone.” According to the Guardian, Manning also reached out to Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour to apologize for her “very bad judgment.” Buzzfeed’s Joe Bernstein reported Manning “was on the verge of tears” when she expressed her regret to Sarsour.
He was gathering intel.
That’s pretty funny.
Take heart, guy. Cernovich has your back.