- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon agreed Tuesday night that Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ proposal to let felons vote from prison isn’t going to be a winning issue among Americans.

Mr. Sanders, a Democratic front-runner in the 2020 presidential race, drew backlash Monday after he declared during a CNN town hall that everyone has a right to vote, even “terrible people” such as imprisoned sex offenders, murderers and terrorists like the Boston Marathon bomber.

“Once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope,” the senator said.

Mr. Lemon said Tuesday that he was “stunned” by Mr. Sanders‘ answer.

“I think that it’s going to be an issue,” Mr. Lemon said. “It’s an interesting subject or question to debate, but I think most people in America feel like once you’ve paid your debt to society, maybe you should have the opportunity to go out and vote, and at least exercise your constitutional rights.

“But if you’re in prison, if you have committed a crime like the Boston Marathon bombings or if you’ve assaulted or abused a child, I don’t think most Americans would want people like that to vote,” he said.

Mr. Cuomo added, “It frames the proposition for voters as ‘these people are way out there. Wow, have they gone far left.’”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris also voiced her support for Mr. Sanders‘ proposal during the town hall, but she walked back those comments a day later.

While Ms. Harris said during the town hall that letting murderers and terrorists vote from prison was a conversation worth having, the former prosecutor clarified Tuesday that “people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights.”

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