It should go without saying that those who commit heinous crimes lose all sense of freedom, and that includes the right to vote. But some Democrats, including presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, think that these criminals should have the right to vote. We want to know – and we think it’s the responsibility of the media to ask – whether Colorado Democrats also feel this way. Specifically, we’re talking about Secretary of State Jena Griswold, U.S. Congressmen Joe Neguse and Jason Crow, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.
While these Democrats pushing to allow jailbirds to vote consistently cite the example of low-level every day criminals, the truth is that they also would like for the worst of the worst to be able to vote. Can people in solitary even get mail? Here are just a few examples from our backyard, the Supermax prison in Florence:
- Eric Rudolph, the Atlanta Olympics bomber who killed two (one died of a heart attack) and injured 111 others
- Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bomber who killed 168 people, including 19 children in daycare onsite, and injured hundreds of others
- Ted Kaczynski, otherwise known as the Unabomber, who between 1978 and 1995 killed three and injured 23 others via mail bombs
- Zacarias Moussaoui, the 20th 9/11 hijacker, who killed nearly 3,000 people and injured 6,000 others with his co-conspirators
- Ramzi Yousef, the OG World Trade Center Bomber, who killed six and injured more
Can we agree that these five gentlemen (we use this term loosely) have forfeited their right to participate in the Democratic process? What are we missing here? Journalists must ask Griswold, Polis, Neguse, Crow, and Bennet whether these men deserve to participate in this process. We say no.