The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a brutal ad slamming socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) over their stances on letting convicted terrorists vote while they are in prison.
The video features news coverage of the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing and shows a picture of the Islamic terrorist who committed the attack, saying: “Democrats believe this terrorist should be allowed to vote from prison.”
“On April 15, 2013, the excitement of Marathon Monday was shattered as two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 280,” MassLive.com reported. “When the bombs exploded, three people were killed: 8-year-old Martin Richard, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell and Boston University graduate student Lu Lingzi. Many more were seriously injured, some with limbs amputated.”
During a CNN town hall event on Monday, Sanders said that the Boston Marathon Bomber should be allowed to vote from prison.
“Would [you] support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer?” Sanders was asked by an audience member. “Do you think those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?”
“If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished,” Sanders responded. “They may be in jail 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole life. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime.”
“But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” he continued. “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away … you’re running down a slippery slope … I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who hosted Sanders’ town hall, pressed Sanders over his answer. Sanders doubled down.
“Look, this is what I believe. Do you believe in Democracy?” Sanders continued. “Do you believe that every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen has the right to vote. Once you start chipping away at that, believe me that’s what our Republican governors all over this country are doing.”
“I believe every single person does have the right to vote,” Sanders added.
Harris echoed a similar sentiment to Sanders when she was asked the question on Monday night.
“Another issue that I want to talk to you about — this is really important — I’m not sure if you were watching earlier, but Senator Bernie Sanders said that he is in favor of felons being able to vote while serving in prison,” Lemon began. “He was asked specifically about people like the Boston Marathon bomber, also people who are convicted of sexual assault. And he said, this is a quote, ‘The right to vote is inherent to our democracy, yes, even for terrible people.’ Do you agree with that, Senator?”
“I agree that the right to vote is one of the very important components of citizenship and it is something that people should not be stripped of needlessly, which is why I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formally incarcerated are not denied a right to vote, which is the case in so many states in our country, in some states permanently deprived of the right to vote,” Harris responded.
“But people who are in — convicted, in prison, like the Boston Marathon bomber, on death row, people who are convicted of sexual assault, they should be able to vote?” Lemon fired back.
“I think we should have that conversation,” Harris responded.
Harris walked her comments back less than 24 hours later, saying: “Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do.”