Nik­i­tas: Har­vard’s about-face on Man­ning fel­low­ship not sur­pris­ing

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Her­ald Ra­dio con­trib­u­tor Max­i­mos Nik­i­tas weighed in on Har­vard’s de­ci­sion to dis­in­vite Chelsea Man­ning to visit the school dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on the “Morn­ing Meet­ing” pro­gram with Hil­lary Chabot and Tom Shat­tuck.

Q: Har­vard has re­scinded this vis­it­ing fel­low in­vi­ta­tion for Chelsea Man­ning. What do you think of that?

A: I’m not re­ally sur­prised that they re­scinded it, but I was more sur­prised that Man­ning was al­lowed to be a fel­low. If you look at this year’s lineup, it’s kind of ridicu­lous. One com­men­ta­tor said it’s like “Danc­ing with the Stars.” You have (Corey) Le­wandowski, (Sean) Spicer, you had Man­ning. I guess they add some ed­u­ca­tional value, but she re­ally was a traitor at the end of the day and I think it re­ally was pretty dis­grace­ful, even for Har­vard.

Q: Well it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing. How many peo­ple did they run this by? How did this get through?

A: Ex­actly. Ob­vi­ously, CIA Di­rec­tor (Mike) Pom­peo came out and said that he would no longer speak there be­cause of Man­ning and can­celed his trip. I think it’s very in­ter­est­ing that they would do this with­out even alert­ing the peo­ple, when other fel­lows didn’t know. Peo­ple have tes­ti­fied say­ing that these leaks ac­tu­ally ad­versely af­fected our na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests and put our sol­diers’ lives at risk. So it’s very odd to me that they would see some re­deem­ing qual­ity in her.

Q: In terms of look­ing back at ei­ther 2016 or 2017, who would you think should be there, es­pe­cially who has the time to be avail­able to them?

A: Well, I think in terms of if you had pun­dits that were there, some­one like Charles Krautham­mer would be very in­ter­est­ing . ... You could even have some­one who is more like Tucker Carl­son or some­one like that, if you re­ally did want some­one on the right . ... But I think Spicer was a good pick, and I think he can hold his own as we saw on (Jimmy) Kim­mel. … It’s in­ter­est­ing that there’s some Repub­li­cans that try to be liked by all the lib­er­als and try to still be the cool kids, if you will, by go­ing on the lib­eral talk shows. I think that’s good be­cause we are of­ten crit­i­cized for be­ing kind of down­stream of cul­ture.

Q: If we’re talk­ing young Repub­li­cans here, what’s got to change?

A: There are cer­tainly some great con­certed ef­forts on the part of Repub­li­cans to reach out to younger peo­ple, but you don’t re­ally see that that of­ten and I think it is be­cause we just feel kind of de­tached from pop cul­ture, de­tached from Hol­ly­wood. So I think we in some ways lose our affin­ity for be­ing more in touch, and that’s a prob­lem.

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