Cory Booker slams Bernie Sanders for comments on inmate voting rights

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UPDATED 9:38 AM PT — Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Democrat Senator Cory Booker recently took a jab at Senator Bernie Sanders for his proposal to give incarcerated criminals voting rights.

In a recent interview with PBS, the 2020 White House hopeful called Senator Sanders’ plan “frustrating,” saying it’s a distraction from deeper issues within the prison system.

This comes after Sanders said he supported giving criminals like the Boston Marathon bomber a voice in the democracy.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., answers questions during a presidential forum held by She The People on the Texas State University campus Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Although Booker claims to support the enfranchisement of convicts who have completed their criminal sentence, he believes Sanders’ ideas go too far and neglect real prison reform.

“I just think that that is a frustrating debate that we seem to now be having…if Bernie Sanders wants to get involved in a conversation about whether Dylann Roof and the marathon bomber should have the right to vote…,” stated Booker.

The controversial platform drew criticism from Donald Trump Jr., who believes lawmakers should work to protect the civil rights of law abiding citizens and not mass murderers.

Even fellow Democrat presidential hopefuls Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg have rejected Sanders’ ideas.

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