Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg had fans stunned when she said she supported voting rights for American citizens convicted of terrorism.
It happened on Tuesday during the Hot Topics discussion on the ABC program “The View” that she co hosts weekdays.
The panel was speaking about Sen. Bernie Sanders Town Hall where he said he supporting voting rights for those in prison, including terrorists like the Boston Bomber.
“Does anyone think a terrorist should have a right to vote?” Meghan McCain, the daughter of the ate Sen. John McCain said.
“Well, here’s what I’m going to say, if they let this terrorist out, because he served his time, he gets his — if he’s an American citizen…” Goldberg said and then asked McCain “Why is your mouth open like that?”
“Because…Whoopi, he killed people,” McCain told her, stunned by the idea that anyone would support the right of a terrorist to vote.
“Yes, lots of people do this,” Goldberg shot back, as is there are a lot of people who plant bombs that kill eight people and maim hundreds.
“He is a terrorist…he’s a radicalized terrorist,” McCain responded, seemingly in awe of the fact that Goldberg believed terrorists should vote.
Our constitution says, if you’ve done your time…you have, we hope, been reformed, you’ve been changed,” Goldberg said.
“If they let him out, that means they feel his time is up and he gets to become the American citizen,” she said.
“If you’ve done your time–that’s what prison reform is about–if they let this man out, they are saying, ‘He has been reformed, we have–fixed him…We have rehabilitated him,” she said.
“No one who thinks literal terrorists deserve the right to vote has any business leading our country. Full stop,” McCain said on Twitter prior to the show.
No one who thinks literal terrorists deserve the right to vote has any business leading our country. Full stop.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 23, 2019
Bernie Sanders says he supports letting terrorists, rapists, and other criminals vote in elections.
Democrats’ leading 2020 candidate offered the candid comments during a CNN town hall event in Manchester, N.H.
A student at Harvard asked Sanders if his call for letting ex-felons vote in elections included people like the Boston bomber and convicted rapists. Sanders said it was a “slippery slope” to draw lines around certain crimes.
After telling the student he supports letting all ex-felons vote, CNN’s Cuomo predicted his comments would soon be turned into an attack ad. “Are you sure about that,” Cuomo asked.
“This is what I believe,” Sanders responded.
Here’s an excerpt:
STUDENT: “Senator Sanders, you have said that you believe that people with felony records should be allowed to vote while in prison. Does this mean you would support in franchising people like the Boston marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer? Do you think that those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?”
SANDERS: “Thank you for the question. Let me just say this, what our campaign is about and what I believe is creating a vibrant democracy. Today as you may know, we have one of the lowest voter turn outs of any major country on Earth.
I want to see us have one of the highest voter turn outs. And by the way, what we’re seeing more young people getting involved in the political process but not enough. And in my view, if young people voted at the same percentage that older people voted in this country, we would transform this nation. But to get to your point, we live in a moment where cowardly Republican vote governors are trying to suppress the vote.
In fact, tight here in New Hampshire they’re working hard to make it more difficult for young people to vote and to me that is incredibly un-Democratic, un-American process and I say to those people, by the way, if you don’t have the guts to participate in free and fair elections, you should get another job and get out of politics. All right? So — to answer your question, as it happens in my own state of Vermont, from the very first days of our state’s history — where our constitution says everybody can vote.
So people in jail can vote. Here is my view, If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished. They may be in jail for 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.
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.
So I believe that people commit crimes, they paid the price and when they get out of jail, they have the right to vote. I believe even if they’re in jail, they’re paying their price to society but that should not take away their American right to participate in our democracy.”
Turns out California Senator and 2020 candidate Kamala Harris believe the same thing, Felons, including the Boston Bomber, should be allowed to vote.
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