Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) said on Monday that all prisoners - including domestic terrorists such as the Boston Marathon Bomber, should have the right to vote while in prison.
Speaking at a CNN town hall, Sanders was asked by an audience member if he thinks the right to vote should extend to serious criminals - including 2013 Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who said he and his brother Tamerlan were motivated by Islamic extremism when they built and deployed pressure-cooker backpack bombs based on designs from an al-Qaeda affiliated online magazine, killing three people and injuring several hundred others - including 16 who lost limbs.
"If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished," replied Sanders. "They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime."
"But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy," Sanders continued. "Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away ... you’re running down a slippery slope. ... I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy."
Following Sanders' Monday comments CNN's Chris Cuomo told the Vermont Senator that he might be writing an opposition ad against himself, to which Sanders replied: "I have written many 30-second opposition ads throughout my life. This will be just another one."
Here is the Boston Bomber placing a bomb in front of an 8 year-old child— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 23, 2019
Today top Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed his right to vote pic.twitter.com/t05r7vaXCG
If you had any doubt about how radical the Democrat Party has become, their 2020 frontrunner wants to let terrorists convicted of murdering American citizens vote from prison.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 23, 2019
It’s beyond extreme.pic.twitter.com/xEtJziDfna
2020 hopeful Kamala Harris, meanwhile, concurred with Sanders - this time saying Felons should vote by invoking the race card - insisting this "goes back to Jim Crow" (when in fact it dates back to 1100 BC).
"I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formally incarcerated are not denied a right to vote," said Harris.
CNN's Don Lemon then asked her if that applies to terrists such as the Boston Marathon Bomber - to which Harris replied "I think we should have that conversation."
Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't go quite as far as Sanders and Harris - suggesting that convicted felons should be able to vote when they get out of prison.
Buttigieg says convicted terrorists, rapists, and pedophiles should be allowed to vote when they get out of prison— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 23, 2019
Buttigieg says that one political party doesn't want to let those people vote because it benefits them, in other words, he admits dangerous felons vote Democrat pic.twitter.com/0EkZsBA5jx
Anything for votes, right?
What does it say about the modern-day Democrat Party that @BernieSanders and @KamalaHarris seem more concerned about giving mass murderers like the Boston Marathon Bomber voting rights, than protecting the civil rights of law abiding American citizens who legally own guns?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 23, 2019
Democrats think the Boston Bomber has more rights than unborn children— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 23, 2019
In short; after losing badly in 2016, the left wants to let felons, 16-year-olds, and illegal immigrants vote. They also want to expand the Supreme Court now that it's firmly to the right. If at first you don't succeed, just change the rules.