When asked if he’d allow the Boston Marathon bomber and other convicted felons the right to vote while in prison, self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders said yes — an answer that was problematic for a first responder to the bombing tragedy.
Ed Kelly, who was a first responder during the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, rebuked the “ridiculous” idea.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Kelly noted that “society has rules and if you break those rules, there’s repercussions,” adding that one of the repercussions is losing the right to vote.
“Why would we ever let a murderer, who murdered children, like the Boston Marathon bomber, have a voice in our democracy?” Kelly said.
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As IJR Red reported, during CNN’s Monday night town hall, 2020 Democratic hopeful Sanders — who previously advocated for expanding voting rights to felons while they serve their sentences — doubled down that he would allow “terrible people” in prison the right to vote.
“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 case you missed it, see his comments below:
Bernie Sanders explains why he thinks the Boston Marathon bomber should be allowed to vote while spending life in prison: pic.twitter.com/kdmMAdbvzZ
— Andrew Tavani (@andrewtavani) April 23, 2019
Later that same night on CNN, 2020 Democratic contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was directly asked if she agrees with Sanders, to which she responded that “we should have that conversation” surrounding the idea of letting prisoners vote.
However, Harris walked back from those remarks on Tuesday after the two came under fire for their comments, as IJR Red reported, instead, changing her view to allow those who have been released to vote.
“Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists, should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do,” Harris said.