WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Music icon Cher was aghast when 2020 Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed his stance that the right to vote extends to felons in prison – including those convicted of sexual assault, murder, or terrorism.
- Sanders explained his belief that democracy means the right to vote should be granted to everyone, even ‘terrible people.’
- Cher slammed Sanders’ position and argued that any convicted murderer, rapist, or child molester of any race should not ‘keep [their] right to vote.’
Music icon Cher strongly opposed 2020 Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday after he expressed his stance that the right to vote extends to felons in prison, including the Boston Marathon bomber.
On Monday night’s CNN town hall, Sanders was questioned by a Harvard student if he supports “enfranchising people” who are convicted of sexual assault, murder, or terrorism.
Sanders responded that he aims for a “vibrant democracy” with a “higher voter turnout.” He reasoned that “everybody can vote” despite being imprisoned for any crime, and that such a right should be granted “even for terrible people.”
Sanders later expounded, “This is what I believe. Do you believe in democracy? Do you believe that every single American [citizen] 18 years of age or older … has the right to vote? This is a democracy. We’ve got to expand that democracy and I believe that every single person does have the right to vote.”
Cher did not hold back and denounced Sanders’ stand in a since-deleted tweet on Tuesday afternoon.
Cher asked her 3.7 million followers, “Does Bernie Sanders really believe [people] in prison who are murderers!? Rapists!? Child Molesters!? Boston bombers… still deserve the right to vote!?”
The Hollywood superstar continued to defend her stance and maintained that any convicted murderer, rapist, or child molester of any race should not “keep [their] right to vote.”
Cher has previously tweeted on a controversial topic when she suggested that Los Angeles should take care of its own city’s homeless people before welcoming asylum seekers. The tweet has also been deleted.
President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. celebrated the said tweet, with the latter going so far as to “welcome” her to the Republican Party.
Source: FOX News