Brittany's Beat: No Bernie, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev does not have a right to vote

Crazy Bernie Sanders says Boston Marathon bomber deserves voting rights

By: Brittany Jennings

A terrorist does not have the same rights as you and me, Bernie.

In a CNN Town Hall on Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said convicted felons in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber, has the right to vote.

Anne Carlstein, a Harvard student, asked Sanders whether “people like the Boston Marathon bomber” should have the right to vote.

He answered, "Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, 'Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,' you're running down a slippery slope."

A slippery slope? Are you kidding me? Boston Marathon bombing survivors called out Crazy Bernie for his comments.

Marc Fucarile told WBZ-TV, “No. You’re in jail. You’re serving jail time. You committed a crime. You broke the law. I think you should lose your rights and voting is one of your rights.”

Fucarile added: “He took the life of innocent people, changed and damaged many people’s lives. And I don’t think him, or anybody who is incarcerated for breaking the law, cause that’s what we have laws for, I don’t think they should have the right to vote.”

Also, Liz Norden, mother of Paul and JP Norden who each lost their right legs in the bombing, spoke out against Bernie’s remarks.

She wrote in the Boston Herald, “My sons, Paul and JP, almost died that day and suffered life-changing loss of limbs. I wonder where Mr. Sanders was on the day that evil reigned in Boston. The day when my boys’ lives changed forever. The day when innocent victims died. The day when fear and terror gripped the city.”

Norden added: “How low will these politicians go to pander for votes and callously disregard the rights of victims while elevating the rights of terrorists.”

She’s right. This is extremely offensive to marathon bombing victims and survivors. Sanders is pandering for votes. He should be ashamed of himself.

On Tuesday, Sanders held a packed meeting at Club Passim, a folk music venue near Harvard Square, just 3 miles from the marathon finish line.

However, Sanders didn’t address his voting rights comments. The reason: he’s a coward. How can anyone from Massachusetts support him after these comments?

Zach Boyer, a staunch Sanders supporter, attended the town hall in Cambridge. He was asked about Sanders’ comments. He said, “He realizes the slippery slope of voting discrimination and the history of that and it’s going to continue if we don’t put our foot down and say every American has the right to a vote.”

Have we forgotten what happened just six short years ago? The Tsarnaev brothers terrorized Boston. Have we forgotten the horror, terror and trauma our city endured for days?

Think about it: Sanders is telling us Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has the same rights as you or me? No. Tsarnaev lost his right to vote when he placed a pressure cooker bomb next to the marathon finish line that killed 3 and injured 264 innocent people.

He is a monster. The brothers ambushed MIT officer Sean Collier from behind and shot him in the head at close range, sending police on a wild manhunt.

Our city was on lockdown while the brothers were on the run. They terrorized a neighborhood in Watertown, engaging in a gun battle with police and set off pressure cooker bombs and pipe bombs.

In the CNN Town Hall, Sanders wasn’t the only Democratic primary candidate asked if felons should be able to vote.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is a former prosecutor and state attorney general, said, "I think we should have that conversation.”

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said, "No, I do believe that when you are, when you have served your sentence, then part of being restored to society is that you are part of the political life of this nation again and one of the things that needs to be restored is your right to vote."

However, Harris backtracked when speaking to reporters in Keene, New Hampshire on Tuesday.

“Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists, should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do,” she said. “I’m a prosecutor, I believe that in terms of, there has to be serious consequences for the most extreme types of crimes.”

No, convicted felons, especially, terrorist mass murderers, should not have the right to vote. And anyone who thinks they do has no business being our commander-in-chief.

-Brittany Jennings is executive producer of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680 in Boston. Follow her on Twitter @Brittany_J10

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