AOC more than missed the mark when she attempted to deflect pushback to the growing liberal position of allowing felons, including terrorists, to vote.
Dem star, socialist Bernie Sanders got the ball rolling and sparked a firestorm when he said that even someone like the Boston bomber shouldn’t be stripped of his right to vote. Kamala Harris later waffled on the question without being brave enough to admit what’s obvious to most: No, a murderer, terrorist or convicted felon should not be able to vote.
The backlash against the radical position has been fierce, hence Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s attempt to explain with a mindboggling tweet:
To avoid looking completely + utterly out of touch w/ the reality our prison system:
Instead of asking, “Should the Boston Bomber have the right to vote?”
Try, “Should a nonviolent person stopped w/ a dime bag LOSE the right to vote?”
Bc that question reflects WAY more people.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 25, 2019
The first thing to point out is that a “non-violent person with a dime bag” of pot is not going to be charged with a felony. According to MarijuanaBreak.com, a dime bag of pot means about $10 worth. That could represent various quantities based on the quality of the drug, but no matter what, it’s going to be an extremely small quantity, say maybe a gram’s worth … certainly nowhere near a felony possession charge, which normally would indicate a large volume of weed showing an intent to distribute … and that, of course, would be in states that have yet to legalize the drug.
So for that hypothetical, poor victim of the legal system busted for a dime bag is simply not going to lose their right to vote. And if we are being honest, a dime bag of weed is not going to get anyone arrested these days. Obviously, AOC is purposely making an invalid correlation when saying such a harmless crime is equivalent to someone’s violent felony such as what the Boston Bomber is guilty of.
This is all an intentional effort at misdirection by the chronically unreliable representative from New York.
Also worth noting is that today’s tweet is not much more than a dutiful tweet in support of her puppet master and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti who just yesterday created a stir with his own tweet …
What’s the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote? Shouldn’t the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?
— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) April 24, 2019
What Democrats like AOC refuse to acknowledge is the credit President Trump deserves for delivering real prison reforms. Reforms that many liberals have been screaming for, for years:
.@JaredKushner’s work on criminal justice reform has been invaluable for our country.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 25, 2019
Far-left pundit Van Jones even went so far as to call Trump the “loudest champion on criminal justice” in memory. But, it’s not a stretch to believe that most of AOC’s adoring fans have no clue about the “First Step Act” due in large part, to the Democrat lapdogs in the liberal media.
The ranks of radicals joining the effort to create new progressive votes wherever they can be found is growing. The prison system is, of course, a natural environment for Democrat voting drives and so far, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris have both come out in support of allowing felons such as terrorists, murderers, and rapists to participate in and claim the American right to vote for representative governance.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the surviving Boston Bomber, and he is on death row. He has become an iconic example of the argument against such a movement aimed at granting guaranteed voting rights to felons in prison.
Also worth noting, there is a wide range of differences across the country in state laws regarding felony disenfranchisement–the term used to describe voting exclusions for people otherwise eligible to vote. For example, there are two states where felons in prison are granted full voting rights–Maine and Vermont. A total of 14 other states and the District of Columbia return voting rights to felons after incarceration is completed.
AOC’s poor attempt at making excuses for a party that is moving further left and embracing the idea that felons deserve to vote did not sit well with many.
Murder to marijuana. Great conflation.
— Matthew Scott ? Oakland Cracker (@Cracker_Media) April 25, 2019
They don’t lose the right to vote because that’s a misdemeanor, not a felony, maybe try getting facts before absolute horse manure spews from your mouth, commie
— Vincent Grochowski (@vinnieviolence) April 25, 2019
A dime bag? What is this, 1981?
— QSCOTTQ 5.0 (@QSCOTTQ) April 25, 2019
Nonviolent with a dime isn’t a felony.
— Randall Hinsley (@randelic) April 25, 2019
It is unrealistic to think it is not opening up a pretty big can of worms to say people convicted of serious felony offenses should keep their voting rights while serving their sentences.
— Geoff Garin (@geoffgarin) April 25, 2019
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