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Presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stunned many when he said that he would extend voting rights to the terrorist Boston bomber who murdered 3 people and maimed several hundred in 2013.

He was speaking at a CNN town hall event when he made the comments.

“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,” he explained helpfully.

“But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy,” he explained. “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.”

When CNN’s Chris Cuomo told him his comments would likely be used against him by political opponents, he doubled down.

“Do you believe in democracy?” Sanders asked. “Do you believe every single American 18 years of age or older who is an American citizen should have the right to vote?”

Here’s the video of his controversial comments:



  1. E G MUSK

    April 23, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Crazy Bernie at it again. But I saw when asked by journalists at a public meeting if he will pay his full taxes he said no. What a useless ‘human being’.

  2. abolishliberalism

    April 23, 2019 at 8:46 am

    With what Bernie has decided to run on, I dont see him having any chance at being nominated. The guy cant even keep his platform straight… he calls himself a socialist yet he says that its “undemocratic” to take the RIGHTS away from a person just because they are doing time in Prison. lol,lol… tell us old wise idiot? why would a guy doing life in prison even care or worry about who is POTUS when its not going to matter to him one way or the other? And, If you’re so worried over these criminals, murderers, terrorists, rapists and child molesters losing the right to vote, What other rights should they be given back? You say taking their right to vote is “Chipping away at their rights and its a slippery slope” so how about we start giving them back other rights? Especially upon their release AFTER they have “Paid their dues” as you said, Like, give them back the right to own a gun, they’ve paid their dues to society… and we “cant go chipping away at their rights” can we Bernie??

    • soke jim long

      April 23, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      WELL SAID,VERY BUT I’VE ALWAYS MAINTINED THAT FAR FROM PAyNG “d u e s “, a person in prison is at best working off a debt –via punishment — prison/incarceration does not equal “dues”

  3. Rick

    April 23, 2019 at 8:57 am

    The Mad Scientist……A TRUE IDIOT….

  4. Paduki

    April 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Bernie’s communist in spite of his claims otherwise. Everything he says should be dismissed with prejudice.


    April 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

    He is as dumb as a brick!

  6. Bill Van Dam

    April 23, 2019 at 9:51 am

    And there you see it right there on the video just how stupid the liberals really are, they applaud Bernie’s speech giving the right to vote to criminals who have committed serious crimes. People in prison for murder should never have rights as a citizen, totally insane.

    • zchonie miller

      April 23, 2019 at 11:49 am

      If we shouldn’t take away felons right to vote, then neither should we take away their right to keep and bear arms. they are both a constitutional right.

  7. Frank Campo

    April 23, 2019 at 10:16 am

    How can any sane person even consider this brain damaged person for office?

  8. PT

    April 23, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Bernie got rich sitting behind a desk in DC and writing a book. Never produced a product or service that helped us. He got rich exploiting his power in government. IN 1985: Sanders praised Castro. Gave a speech in Nicaragua blaming American imperialism for chaos in Nicaragua and South America (Sounds like Obama’s apology tour blaming the U.S. for all the other countries’ problems). In this speech Sanders also said he was impressed by Soviet Union’s “Palace of Culture”. His wife praised their Communist system of NOT separating work and personal life. IN 1986: Sanders recalled his excitement watching Castro’s revolution against the “ugly rich people”. Said he had a sick feeling watching JFK speak against Communism. SANDERS IS NOT THE PERSON I WANT TO SEE IN CHARGE OF OUR COUNTRY.

  9. Seb

    April 23, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I don’t want convicted criminals electing my government representatives. Part of being convicted of a felon is losing your right of franchise.

  10. zchonie miller

    April 23, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hey Bernie you old fool. If denying a felon the right to his/her constitutional right to vote while in prison is according to you chipping away on their rights, and heading down a slippery slope….. how about chipping away on a felon’s right to keep and bear arms. just because he’s in prison does not make him less of a citizen of the USA. so should he not still have a right to be armed? But you old hypocrite. you would rather disarm law abiding citizens.

  11. Arthur Beltran

    April 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    7 out 10 felons registered as Democrats. Coincidence?

  12. Gayle

    April 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Bernie is a crazy socialist/communist, lying, crook! He is free to spend tax our tax money and will not pay the extreme high taxes he is pushing! He is a big hypocrite!

  13. Rob

    April 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Bernie boy says: “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.””

    They forfeit their rights when they murdered or raped and so on. They are now living off the taxpayers receiving, three hots and a cot while most are not giving anything back to society. How are they “paying their debt to society” by sitting in a prison movie theatre or a prison gym paid for by the working productive citizens of this nation? If you are on some system such as prisoner or welfare, you shouldn’t have a say in how taxpayers money is spent until you become a productive citizen that actually has some “skin in the game”.

  14. Ed

    April 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    This guy’s a nut job, for sure. But consider this: apparently he’s the best the Dems have to offer! No other candidate seems to be close in popularity. How crazy is that?

  15. Al

    April 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Bernie Bean Head.

  16. Leland Roth

    April 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Of course WRH Michael Rivaro has proven the Boston bomberhad nothing to do with bombing the Boston marathon…again today gatekeepers ⚡

  17. BarryJ

    April 23, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Sanders and the democrats are so desperate for votes, they’ll let anyone vote, including illegal immigrants!!

  18. Fran

    April 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    It’s obvious Democrats think felons are mostly Democrats. That’s what it is all about VOTES from corrupt people for corrupt candidates. He is Evil !!! Democrats are Evil!!!

  19. Silas Longshot

    April 23, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Well, Batty Bernie, one of the main reasons the USA has ‘the lowest voter participation’ is because we’re usually stuck with voting choices like YOU, you communist / socialist / schizophrenic moron. Any moronic meathead who is so desperate for votes as to even momentarily consider allowing incarcerated felons (nice mass murderers, rapists, terrorists, con men, convicted crooked politicians and many other unsavory types) to vote is totally unacceptable in today’s world. The reason the right to vote (along with gun rights) is taken away from such people, is the valid fact that they have little to no moral character, have bad judgement, mental issues, no self control, are sexual deviants, have no respect for private property and many other issues that they share with most politicians.
    And I’ll remind you yet again, the USA IS A REPUBLIC, NOT A ‘DEMOCRACY’.
    When one is as desperate for votes as Batty Bernie is, they will go after every possible source for every single vote they can get. So, he would first have to get all 50 states to amend their felon laws to permit felons to vote…..THEN maybe Batty Bernie might get a vote or two.

  20. Barbara Constantino

    April 23, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    …and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands…not a democracy.

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