Sanders Gets Blasted for Saying ‘Terrible People’ Like the Boston Bomber Should Get to Vote in Prison

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2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) caught fire online after advocating for restoring voting rights to prisoners, including “terrible people” like the Boston Marathon bomber, during a CNN town hall event on Monday.

While speaking before a rather large crowd at a Monday CNN presidential primary town hall, Sanders was asked about his stance on giving felons, such as the Boston Marathon bomber, the right to vote while in prison.

Earlier this month, the Vermont senator advocated for allowing felons to vote, even while still in prison, as IJR Red previously reported.

Sanders — a self-described democratic socialist — began his response by explaining he was running on a platform on “creating a vibrant democracy” and that “young people” do not vote as much as older Americans before claiming that “cowardly Republican governors” were “trying to suppress the vote.”

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He then advocated for allowing “terrible people” — such as the Boston Marathon bomber — the right to vote from prison.

“So here is my view: 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.”

In 2013, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people — including an eight-year-old child — and injuring 264 others. One of the two bombers was killed following the attacks and the other was sentenced to death in 2015.

Sanders found an ally on the idea in one of his primary opponents who shared his sentiment towards letting “terrible people” vote: Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who vocally supported a truancy policy while district attorney for San Fransisco that allowed for parents to be sent to jail for failing to send their kids to school.

When asked about Sanders’ comments, Harris said she believed that “we should have that conversation” regarding allowing felons to vote — even the Boston Marathon bomber.

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Many were not too happy with Sanders’ idea, however, and took to Twitter to express their outrage.

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President Donald Trump’s son weighed in, as well:

As did late Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan:

One user joked about a “DNC meeting”:

“Fox & Friends” had something to say, as well, calling Sanders’ comments “jaw-dropping” and offering to give him a “civics lesson.”

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Conversely, one of the two senators’ primary opponents — South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg — was asked the same question, to which he responded “no.”

He was met with raucous applause.

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