Bernie Comes Out For The Right To Vote For Terrorists And Rapists

“Human Rights Day – chalking of the steps” by University of Essex is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Human Rights Day – chalking of the steps” by University of Essex is licensed under CC BY 2.0

But one, that's not exactly what Buttigieg is saying, and two, the results of the 2016 presidential election show there was a large-and potentially decisive-group of voters who backed Bernie and then, when he didn't win the Democratic nomination, backed Trump.

When pressed by CNN's Don Lemon on whether she backed voting rights for those now incarcerated, like the Boston Marathon bomber and those convicted of sexual assault, she replied, "I think we should have that conversation".

"As it happens in my own state of Vermont, from the very first days of our state's history, what our constitution says is that everybody can vote".

Conservative outlets may find this storyline interesting because it has the potential to spin up some intra-party feuding on the left, with Bernie backers getting pissed at Buttigieg for saying they're just like Trump fanatics.

"If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they're gonna be punished. That's how we got where we are".

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen.

"I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy, yes, even for awful people, because once you start chipping away ... you're running down a slippery slope", Sanders said. "I believe even if they're in jail they're paying their price to society but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy". Sanders dismissed such concerns, saying he'd written "many 30-second opposition ads" throughout his life.

Independent Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders argued at his CNN town hall Monday night that voting rights are fundamental - "even for awful people" like the Boston Marathon bomber and those convicted of sexual assault.

The poll surveyed 549 New Hampshire adults. "In some states they're permanently deprived of the right to vote".

"To me, that is an incredibly undemocratic, unAmerican, process", Sanders said.