Bernie Sanders has pushed Cher to the right after he said during a CNN town hall event that criminals, including murderers, rapists, and even Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, should have the ability to vote.
While leftist pop singer Cher surprisingly reaped the praise of people like Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump for questioning Sunday why Los Angeles should take in more immigrants when the city isn’t “taking care of its own,” many on the left were not happy at all.
Conservatives of all stripes overwhelmed the Twitter responses to Cher’s original tweet, but liberals peeked in here and there to criticize the singer for everything from her own net worth to her supposed lack of understanding on the issue.
Although Cher has since deleted her tweet, Stephen Miller caught her comments in a screenshot.
She’s going to be posting at Free Republic before the year is out. pic.twitter.com/lFiVA1YWjM
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 23, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday night said he supported the voting rights of felons, including the Boston Marathon bomber who killed four people and injured 264 others during the 2013 attack.
“My campaign wants to create a ‘vibrant democracy,” Sanders stated.
Anne Carlstein, a Harvard University student, asked Sanders at a CNN town hall in Manchester, N.H. about recent comments supporting felons and sex offenders voting while in prison.
“Does this mean you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer. Do you think those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?” Carlstein asked.
“Anne to answer your question, 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,” Sanders said. “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 lives. 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.”
Most people reacted to Bernie’s comments the same way Cher did. This could blow a candidate’s chances completely.
The last word goes to Jim Geraghty:
Go ahead. Tell women you want to restore the voting rights of abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph. Tell African-Americans you want to restore the voting rights of the Charleston church shooter.https://t.co/rhFfYPq5XX pic.twitter.com/S6Va9tI6bR
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 23, 2019
Just last week, Cher made headlines by tweeting something that was surprisingly in line with Trump. She didn’t like the idea of sending a flood of migrants to the sanctuary city of Los Angeles when they can’t even take care of their own homeless people, many of whom are veterans. Trump promptly screen captured, responded and shared her comment on his feed.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019