During a town hall event on CNN on Monday night, Bernie Sanders said something that should cost him the Democratic nomination. If he somehow still gets the nomination, the comment should cost him the 2020 election.
A young woman asked Bernie if his support for prisoners voting would extend to someone like the Boston Marathon bomber and he said yes.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sanders Supports Allowing the Boston Marathon Bomber to Vote: My Campaign Wants to Create a ‘Vibrant Democracy’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday night said he supported the voting rights of felons, including the Boston Marathon bomber who killed four people and injured 264 others during the 2013 attack.
Anne Carlstein, a Harvard University student, asked Sanders at a CNN town hall in Manchester, N.H. about recent comments supporting felons and sex offenders voting while in prison.
“Does this mean you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer. Do you think those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?” Carlstein asked…
“Anne to answer your question, as it happens in my own state of Vermont, from the very first days of our state’s history, what our Constitution says is that everybody can vote,” Sanders said. “If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished. 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. Yes, even for terrible people.”
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Bernie’s outrageous comment drew some strong reactions on Twitter:
Bernie Sanders says the Boston Marathon Bomber should be able to vote from prison.
I think Tsarnaev should be executed ASAP for murdering & maiming so many innocent ppl. He's lucky to be alive right now & Bernie feels like he should be picking future US Presidents. So weak.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) April 23, 2019
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse….@BernieSanders supports allowing rapists, murderers, and terrorists – like the Boston bomber and Dylan Roof, the individual who massacred 9 church-goers in Charleston, to vote from prison. https://t.co/1wd8EBJHiS
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) April 23, 2019
Here is the Boston Bomber placing a bomb in front of an 8 year-old child
Today top Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed his right to vote pic.twitter.com/t05r7vaXCG
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 23, 2019
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
Does it really shock you that Bernie Sanders thinks terrorists like the Boston Bomber should have the right to vote?
The party that ignores it's own racism, sexual assault and anti-semitism now thinks psychopaths who mass murder Americans should have equal rights.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 23, 2019
Bernie was asked whether the terrorist who bombed the Boston Marathon should be able to vote.
Bernie said yes.
Bernie is a crazy person. https://t.co/Hu8gZCarLW
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) April 23, 2019
Bernie should be ashamed for saying this.
The victims of the bomber don’t get to vote anymore, why should he?