Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-TX, took a dig at Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Monday evening by linking to a poll showing an overwhelming majority of Americans disagree with Sanders’ stance on prisoners’ voting rights.
“Imagine that,” Crenshaw quipped in the caption to a tweet containing a link to an INSIDER poll on Americans’ attitudes toward prisoners’ voting rights.
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Crenshaw hasn’t shied away from attacking the Vermont senator in the past. Last week, he shot down Sanders’ socialist-style agenda with a couple basic facts about the U.S. economy.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 29, 2019
And Monday’s poll is simply more ammo for the capitalism-loving Texan’s anti-socialism cannon.
According to the poll, a healthy majority of Americans (75%) oppose Sanders’ plan to let all prisoners vote. Only 35% of the poll’s respondents believe prisoners should be able to vote while still incarcerated and of those, most felt that the right to vote should be reserved for non-violent offenders.
Nearly a quarter of those surveyed believe violent offenders should be permanently stripped of their right to vote, even after being released from prison.
The results are a damning indictment of the popularity of Sanders’ position on voting rights. The democratic socialist was heavily criticized for comments he made last week, in which he said that even convicted felons and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be able to vote from prison.
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During a CNN town hall, Sanders was pressed on remarks he made in early April, when he said that felons in prison should be allowed to vote. Asked if his stance changed in the case of individuals convicted of sex offenses or crimes as horrific as Tsarnaev’s, Sanders stood firm.
“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,” Sanders said.
“So, I believe that people commit crimes, they pay the price. They get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right to vote. But I believe even if they’re in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy,” he added.
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- Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas/Rep. Bernie Sander, I-Vt.: Screen grabs