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Senate Hopeful Chelsea Manning Wants Closed Prisons And Open Borders

In her first interview since announcing her congressional campaign to unseat Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Senate hopeful Chelsea Manning lays out her political priorities.

Manning, who was imprisoned for seven years after leaking documents that revealed a number of atrocities the United States was committing abroad, told Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington that her core issues are criminal justice, healthcare, and immigration.

The whistleblower, who apparently wears a silver chain necklace with a hashtag on it because “Twittergot me out of prison,” wants to close prisons, open borders, and make hospitals free for everyone. Her message probably won’t appeal to centrist Democrats, but that’s kinda the point.

“All our problems are personalized into one individual, but it’s a systemic problem. Our broken immigration system didn’t pop up overnight, it was a machine built over decades by centrists from both sides,” she tells Pilkington. “We know it’s a real fight ahead of us We do want to win, but if we lose our principles then winning wouldn’t matter.”

Hell yeahhhhhhh. Maybe now The Advocate will stop with the patronizing concern-trolling?

Read the full interview here.