Piers Morgan called out the left’s hypocrisy in calling for convicted felons to be allowed to vote while not fighting for them to have the right to bear arms.
The host of “Good Morning Britain” spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the “utter lunacy” of comments made by 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the “woke” thinking of Democrats pushing for voting rights for felons.
“I couldn’t really believe what I was hearing,” Morgan said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday, referring to Sanders’ remarks during a CNN town hall event in which he said he wanted felons, including the Boston Marathon bomber, to be able to vote.
“This is a guy, frontrunner as you said, to be the potential nominee for the Democratic Party to beat Donald Trump, that’s their plan, that’s what they want to do. And their main selling point right now on a CNN Town Hall is that they want the Boston Marathon bomber to be able to vote while he is in prison? While he is on death row?” Morgan asked.
“How can we not mock it? This is the stuff of utter lunacy,” he added.
Sanders contended during the Monday night town hall that: “I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Morgan slammed “this kind of invasion of ‘woke’ thought, which is now really sending people nuts” and is being extended into the penal system.
“They are looking at this and saying ‘Yeah, that makes perfect sense, it makes perfect sense that rapists, pedophiles, terrorists, people guilty of treason, mass murderers, serial killers, they should all have the right to vote, that is the most important thing,'” the former CNN host and DailyMail.com editor-at-large said.
Morgan followed up with a question he would put to “the very same Democratic candidates who support, who want the right to vote to exist for felons,” and ask them “how they would feel about the right to own or buy a gun.”
“I would love it if felons were all, treated as they are, and not allowed to have guns – they’re not,” Morgan continued. “It is very difficult for any felon in America to come out, if they had more than a one year sentence, and own or buy a gun. I’m pleased about that.”
But, he noted, Democrats have argued that this is “an infringement on their constitutional rights.”
“So why aren’t they campaigning at the same time for felons to have the constitutional right to own and buy a gun?” Morgan asked.
“What they’re saying is we don’t trust you to go deer hunting, but we want you to choose our leaders, our next president,” Carlson interjected. “What they are really saying is we don’t care at all about anything, where nihilists, all we want is power, and if we see a reservoir of potential voters, we’re going to tap that reservoir.”
Morgan pointed out that the “voting intentions” of convicted felons would have to be addressed, citing an example of a convicted mass rapist not wanting to cast a vote for a candidate who is “promoting the safety of women.”
“So there is a direct consequence, a direct electoral voting consequence, in allowing serious offenders to vote,” he said. “I wouldn’t allow any felons to vote at all while they are in prison. They are not allowed to walk out free, out into the streets so don’t let anybody have a vote while they [are there], that is what punishment is about it. You lose your rights to a normal life.”
He clarified that this would apply anyone with a “major, serious offense” and not necessarily those with less dangerous, “minuscule” offenses.
“But I certainly wouldn’t ever extend it to anyone guilty of any major, serious offense, whether they are in prison or whether they get let out later on. To me, at some point, there has to be genuine punishment for serious offenses.”
He also slammed Sanders and Democrats for the “irony” of wanting felons to vote while calling President Trump a criminal.
“And there is an irony, Tucker, the same Democrats screaming every single second of every day about Trump and collusion — ‘He is a criminal, he obstructed justice we can’t have a criminal running the country’ — and yet at the same time, they are campaigning for every criminal in the country to have the right to vote for a president,” Morgan said.
Sen. Kamala Harris seemed open to the idea when asked about the issue during her CNN town hall event on Monday,, telling Don Lemon, “I think we should have that conversation.”
WATCH: @KamalaHarris followed @BernieSanders’ lead in saying that she’s open to giving violent felons, including the Boston Marathon Bomber, the ability to vote from prison. pic.twitter.com/VmkjCqhVQI
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) April 23, 2019
A few hours later, the California Democrats and former prosecutor walked back her remarks, saying there should be “serious consequences” for those who commit crimes. Meanwhile, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg broke ranks with the other Democratic candidates and said he opposed the idea during his CNN town hall.
Mayor Buttigieg says he disagrees with Sen. Sanders on felons’ right to vote: “Part of the punishment when you’re convicted of a crime and you’re incarcerated is you lose certain rights … I think during that period it does not make sense to have an exception” #ButtigiegTownHall pic.twitter.com/0ddBR97Wcv
— CNN (@CNN) April 23, 2019
“No. I don’t think so,” he said. “Part of the punishment when you are convicted of a crime and you’re incarcerated is you lose certain rights. You lose your freedom.”