AOC's Chief Of Staff Defends Bernie Sanders' 'Vote From Jail' Policy
Voting rights for felons and terrorists championed by AOC staff
Following the vast Twitter backlash of the suggested policy, Chakrabarti asked why people were opposed to the idea.
"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 asked on Wednesday.
He went onto argue that voting was a right and not a privilege, using the Second Amendment as an example:
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said during her CNN town hall there should be a discussion on the idea.
"I'm going to think about it, and I'm going to talk to experts, and I'm gonna make a decision, and I'll let you know. I will tell you this: One, it's a complex issue. I'm fully aware of that."
"Two, we right now have got a lot of work to do with the people in our country who have served their time and have been prohibited from voting," Harris said, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The Vermont senator revealed on Monday that he is pushing for all Americans over the age of 18 to be given the right to vote, including criminals on death row who have been convicted on horrific crimes.
The Constitution names the right to vote five times. It talks about not infringing on the right, just like the right to bear arms: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) April 24, 2019
Who knew the law against putting a bomb by an 8 year-old and blowing people up was unjust? https://t.co/NiRHJqKA69— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 24, 2019
This is getting a lot of snark, but to engage in the actual question: inherent in incarceration is a denial of rights, forced isolation from civil society, and retributive justice. Denying voting privileges fits neatly in any of those frameworks. https://t.co/Bj04Id7l7p— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 24, 2019
He is saying that the Boston bomber shouldn’t be the reason that thousands of other unjustly incarcerated people don’t get to vote. They (and you) are just using him as a red herring to keep the unjustly incarcerated’s votes suppressed.— Jordan Boggs (@JordanBoggs) April 24, 2019
“What our campaign is about, and what I believe, is creating a vibrant democracy,” Sanders explained during a CNN town hall.
“Today, as you may know, we have one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country on Earth. I want to see us have one of the highest voter turnouts.”
Even liberal pop star Cher slammed Sanders over his policy.
“Does Bernie Sanders Really Believe [People] In Prison Who Are Murderers, Rapists, Child Molesters, BOSTON [Marathon] BOMBERS …STILL DESERVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE,” Cher said in the April 23 tweet which was later deleted without explanation.