Just one week ago, a twenty five year old independent contractor from Augusta Georgia was charged with espionage in the first criminal leak case under President Trump. This contract worker, Reality Winner, has been accused of leaking NSA documents in relation to the Russian hacking of the American presidential election. We can all expect that tempers are flaring from both sides of the aisle over this latest development, however two celebrities have started a feud of their own over the fate of this young woman’s well being. Read on to find out who is supporting Reality Winner and who is standing up to speak out against it.
If the Trump administration is calling for the prosecution of Reality Winner, I bet you can guess who is shouting an opposite message in that direction. Last week, comedian and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell shared a Go Fund Me campaign looking for financial support for Reality Winner and her family to her millions of Twitter followers, along with the tweet, “brave young patriot.”
Here’s what the Go Fund Me campaign is calling for: “LET’S STAND UP WITH REALITY LEIGH WINNER AND HER FAMILY! It is a Difficult time for Reality Winner and her family. Please show your love and support with kind messages and a monetary donation if you feel led to do so. This is a time to come together and unite in peace and hope and show the world LOVE ALWAYS WINS over hate! Good resists even when evil persists! These funds will be able to assist with loss of wages, counseling from this traumatic experience and to be able to recover from this as Reality & her family rebuilds their lives. Possible expenses for travel for the family and anything they might need to help them through these troubled times. PLEASE STAND WITH REALITY LEIGH WINNER & HER FAMILY AND LET THEM KNOW THEY HAVE OUR SUPPORT!”
But not everyone feels, like O’Donnell does, that the Winner family should be supported during this time. Fox News host and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino tweeted in response, “Rosie O’Donnell risks ruining young women’s lives by egging on illegal acts that will bankrupt their parents.”
The online argument continued when O’Donnell tweeted back, “never liked @DanaPerino – i am not egging on anyone – i sent a donation to #RealityWinner -https://www.gofundme.com/2d9rnm64 – she isnt the problem.”
To which Perino responded, “Lucky 4 @Rosie she’ll never have to serve jail time for crimes she encourages others to commit. She says she never liked me. We’ve never met.”
To date, the Go Fund Me campaign for Reality Winner has raised nearly thirty eight thousand dollars of its fifty thousand dollar campaign goal. One supporter wrote, “We need patriots who will make the effort to ensure that we can understand the real vulnerabilities of our electoral system to vote rigging and manipulation on a County-by-County and State-by-State basis. Gary Davis needs to have the funds to ensure that this is recognized as a legitimate whistle-blower action against an Administration that has pretended the Russian exploits are a Made for TV Hoax. Not.”
What do you think about providing financial support to the family of Reality Winner? And what do you think about these two celebrities’ attempts to influence that choice with their fame? Share your thoughts, stories, and opinions with us in the comments section below.