Bernie Sanders: Everyone Should Vote, Including Boston Marathon Bomber


After agreeing with her Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Monday that she would welcome a "conversation" about letting violent felons vote in prison, presidential hopeful Sen. Well, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said felons should not be able to vote until they're released from prison.

In his response, Sanders said, "I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy".

"No. I don't think so", he said.

"Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights?"

Harris, the senator from California who is also running for the party nomination, was asked about her position on granting voting rights to incarcerated felons.

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"I couldn't really believe what I was hearing", said Morgan, a former CNN host and editor-at-large, calling the idea "utter lunacy". "He should have the right to be treated for cancer, if he has cancer, and he should have certain human rights, but I wouldn't go that far in terms of giving him the right to vote". "That's what happens when you commit a serious crime", he said. "This is a democracy, we've got to expand that democracy, and I believe that every single person does have the right to vote". More than one candidate revealed that they may be open to letting imprisoned terrorists, like Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, vote from behind bars. It's interesting. I think you were right that it's going to be a campaign for those who said either "yes, they should be able to vote, even the most terrible people among us, or we should have a conversation about it".

'I'm a prosecutor, I believe that in terms of, there has to be serious outcome for the most extreme types of crimes'. "This will be just another one", Sanders said while the audience laughed. If that's true, then they're already paying their debt to society by being incarcerated. It doesn't make up for all the other ridiculous nonsense he's been spewing, but it's not nothing.

In summary: Voter turnout is low, not enough young people vote, and Republicans are cowards, so the Boston Marathon bomber should get to vote from prison. And if you believe the objective of prison is not just punishment, but rehabilitation, then allowing people to still have one of their most fundamental civic responsibilities is a key aspect of rehabilitation.

For cripes sake, if you're going to waffle your way through an answer to this question, at least serve up a tastier waffle than a trite, vaguely condescending dismissal about having a national "conversation".