Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaProgressive Caucus co-chair endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Association of American Railroads Ian Jefferies says no place for hate, racism or bigotry in rail industry or society; Trump declares victory in response to promising jobs report MORE (D-Calif.), one of the co-chairs of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, broke with the presidential candidate Wednesday on giving voting rights to the Boston Marathon bomber.
“California has a compromise where felony convictions, those who are nonviolent in county jails have the right to vote, but those who have committed violent felonies, like the Boston Marathon, don’t have the right to vote,” Khanna said CNN’s “New Day.”
“That to me seems like a reasonable way forward, where you’re enfranchising people but not giving someone like the Boston Marathon bomber the right to vote.”
Host John Berman pressed Khanna on whether he was disagreeing with Sanders, who during a CNN town hall Monday defended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s right to vote.
“I think that I wouldn’t go that far,” Khanna responded. “He should have the right to be treated for cancer if he has cancer, and he should have certain human rights, but I wouldn’t go that far in terms of giving him the right to vote.”
“I wouldn’t go that far” in giving the Boston Marathon bomber the right to vote, co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign Rep. @RoKhanna tells @johnberman in response to Sen. Sanders’ position that the right to vote should be extended to felons in prison https://t.co/xxuElMPn9N pic.twitter.com/7kRTlSxnAc
— New Day (@NewDay) April 24, 2019
Sanders’s comments Monday have drawn some backlash.
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D), who is also running for president, made clear in a town hall later that day that he does not believe convicted felons should be able to vote while incarcerated.
Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (D-Mass.), who announced his 2020 candidacy earlier this week, also pushed back on giving felons voting rights, saying, “You’re in prison, that’s not a provision that we have.”
Khanna on Wednesday defended restoring voting rights for at least some of those who are incarcerated.
“Sen. Sanders is talking about this because mass incarceration is an issue of racial disparity, one of out every three black men are in jail or find themselves convicted of a felony,” he explained. “We have a country that has gone from incarcerating 500,000 people to 2.2 million people and this is disenfranchising for many people of color.”
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