Bernie Sanders thinks felons should have the right to vote.
“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 in response to a question about restoring felons’ voting rights.
Pete Buttigieg does not.
Asked at a CNN town hall whether felons doing prison time, like the man convicted of carrying out a bombing during the 2013 Boston Marathon, should be able to vote, Buttigieg was quick to respond.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said, eliciting cheers from the audience.
“Enfranchisement upon release is important, but part of the punishment … is you lose certain rights,” Buttigieg added. “You lose your freedom
In spite of the way the Democratic Party establishment has characterized Sanders as bad on racial issues, he clearly understands that the criminal “justice” system has been largely used since the end of slavery to disenfranchisement blacks, that for every one terrorist in prison there are 1000 innocent people locked up on petty drug possession charges. Buttigieg, the current darling of the Democratic Party elite, does not.
Buttigieg originally seemed like an interesting candidate who was articulate in his support of single payer. Now it’s clear he’s an American Macron, a young guy plucked from the elites for the sole purpose of derailing the left. His immediate move to sandbag Sanders on felony disenfranchisement is telling.