‘Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do. I’m a prosecutor…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) After agreeing with her Senate colleague Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Monday that she would welcome a “conversation” about letting violent felons vote in prison, presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has reversed her position.
Clean-up in the Town Hall Aisle: A day after saying she welcomed a “conversation” about inmates voting in jail, @KamalaHarris said today: “Do I think that people who commit murder, people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights? Yeah, I do. I’m a prosecutor.”
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) April 24, 2019
Responding to a question from CNN anchor Don Lemon, Harris said during the town hall that she was open to considering a radical proposal that would allow terrorists, like the Boston Marathon bomber, to vote in elections.
Earlier in the forum, Sanders had openly endorsed allowing convicted felons to vote, saying it was a right “inherent to our democracy.”
It was the latest in what is starting to become a pattern of the radical former San Francisco attorney offering misleading statements about her record and changing her mind on her own positions.
After being asked about criminals’ voting rights, Harris initially tried to dodge the question.
“I agree that the right to vote is one of the very important components of citizenship and it is something that people should not be stripped of needlessly,” Harris said, “which is why I have been long an advocate of making sure that the formally incarcerated are not denied a right to vote, which is the case in so many states in our country, in some states permanently deprived of the right to vote.”
But Lemon, who hosted the event, pressed her: “But people who are in—convicted, in prison, like the Boston Marathon bomber, on death row, people hwo are convicted of sexual assault, they should be able to vote?”
Harris replied: “I think we should have that conversation.”
After reporters confronted Harris with her answer, she backpedaled.
“We right now have got a lot of work to do with the people who have served their time and have been prohibited from voting,” she said.