Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief-of-staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, made it clear on Wednesday that he supports Sen. Bernie Sanders’ idea of allowing incarcerated terrorists, sex predators, and criminals to vote in U.S. elections while behind bars.
Chakrabarti, who serves as Ocasio-Cortez’s top confidant, said criminals should be able to vote in U.S. elections because they are “the people most affected by unjust laws.”
“What’s the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote? Shouldn’t the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?” Chakrabarti wrote via Twitter.
What's the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote? Shouldn't the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?
— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) April 24, 2019
Team Ocasio-Cortez wants incarcerated criminals to vote because they are unfairly targeted by police and the courts?
That’s an incredibly idiotic reason, but it’s not surprising given Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders are two peas in a socialist pod.
Sanders made it clear on Monday night that he supports allowing murderers, terrorists, and sex predators to vote from prison.
During a CNN town hall, Sanders spoke about his 2020 presidential campaign and some of the policies he supports.
But things got interesting when an audience member asked Sanders about allowing convicted felons to vote while in 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?”
“Thank you for the question, and let me just say this: What our campaign is about and what I believe is creating a vibrant democracy,” Sanders responded.
“If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished,” Sanders said. “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 the town hall, asked Sanders if he thought the Boston Bomber — who killed three people and injured hundreds more — should be allowed to vote from behind bars.
Sanders said “yes.”
“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 concluded.
If he wins the 2020 election, Bernie made it clear he will push for a policy that allows murderers, terrorists, and sex predators to vote from prison.
And apparently Team Ocasio-Cortez supports this idea.