Chelsea Manning Made An Appearance At A Pro-Trump Gala

Hundreds of pro-Trump Twitter activists, far-right online media figures, along with Pepe lapel pin-wearers descended on a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub Saturday night for a gala celebrating the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. however despite appearances via far-right media personalities like James O’Keefe, Mike Cernovich, along with Gavin McInness, the most controversial attendee of the evening was former Wikileaks whistleblower, along with at This specific point US Senate candidate, Chelsea Manning.

inside early hours of the party, Manning could be seen smiling along with socializing with attendees, including pro-Trump Twitter personality Cassandra Fairbanks. Fairbanks, who reports for Gateway Pundit, has been a vocal supporter of Wikileaks along with has publicly exchanged messages with Manning on Twitter.

Manning left before the evening’s speeches ended. Shortly after her departure, another guest told BuzzFeed News which Manning was “crashing” the gala, along with suggested which the former whistleblower did not attend because of her political views.

Hours later, Manning issued a tweet which appeared to disavow the event as a “fascist/white supremacist hate brigade party.” Manning did not respond to a request for comment.

Others who spoke with Manning Saturday night described her attitude towards the party differently. A source who attended along with who knows Manning told BuzzFeed News which “while she was not there protesting, she was there in a effort to bridge gaps between left along with right.”

Cernovich, the pro-Trump media personality who hosted the event, suggested which perhaps Manning — who will be running for Senate as a Democrat — showed up because of a shared philosophy which’s separate via partisan politics.

“I think which’s clear which she does what she wants along with doesn’t give a shit,” Cernovich said. “along with I think she knows which we’re the same way.”

Regardless of the reason for Manning’s appearance, some other guests appeared thrilled which she showed up. “I truly don’t want to speak for her however I guess she respects what This specific will be all about,” pro-Trump activist Jack Posobiec said, gesturing toward the room full of attendees.

“Everyone was respectful,” a different party-goer said. Another claimed which not 1 person in attendance misgendered Manning, who will be an openly transgender woman.

“Honestly, her being here shows what This specific movement will be definitely about,” one pro-Trump Twitter personality told BuzzFeed News shortly after Manning left the party. “We’re not ideological, we’re tribal. We don’t care about the politics as much as we care about pissing people off along with trolling along with shaking things up. She’s about liberty, we’re about liberty, which’s all Great. No bad blood at all.”

Charlie Warzel will be a senior writer for BuzzFeed News along with will be based in completely new York. Warzel reports on along with writes about the intersection of tech along with culture.

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