- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CNN’s string of town halls Monday night lacked questions on the Sri Lanka terror attacks that killed over 300 people, but presidential hopefuls were asked about the voting rights of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The media watchdog NewsBusters monitored five back-to-back town halls with 2020 candidates without witnessing a single question on Easter Sunday’s anti-Christian terror attacks.

The FBI is assisting Sri Lankan authorities with their terror investigation, which has been blamed on an “Islamic fundamentalist group.”

“You have said that you believe that people with felony records should be allowed to vote while in prison,” Harvard student Anne Carlstein asked Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Does this mean that you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer?”

The Vermont independent and self-professed socialist said he feared going down a “slippery slope” by denying anyone their time in the ballot box.

“I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” he replied. “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, [we’re] not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ 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.”

California’s Sen. Kamala Harris was then asked to weigh in later on by CNN’s Don Lemon. 

“I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formerly incarcerated are not denied a right to vote, which is the case in so many states in our country. … I think we should have that conversation,” she replied.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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