Sen. Gardner Slams Sanders Over Idea of Letting Terrorists Vote

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Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner slammed Bernie Sanders over the emerging debate on whether voting rights should be expanded so that convicted terrorists still in prison would be able to cast a ballot.

Gardner’s Twitter thread comes just days after presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said voting rights should be expanded universally and without qualification. A host of the town hall in which Sanders was speaking followed up by asking if someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, would also have the right to vote.

"Yes, even for terrible people," Sanders began. "Because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote.’ Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,' you're running down a slippery slope," Sanders said in response to a question about restoring felons' voting rights."

Gardner’s home state is host to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado which holds numerous terrorists and one-of-a-kind criminals.

"The Supermax prison in Florence, CO is called the "Alcatraz of the Rockies" because it houses the worst criminals and terrorists in the country. Apparently some Democrats want to make it the next battleground precinct by giving these inmates the right to vote. #SupermaxPrecinct"


Garnder then followed up on his own tweet by sending out the photos of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Terry Nichols of the Oklahoma City bombing, and Faisal Shahzad who was convicted of trying to detonate a bomb in a car near New York City’s Times Square.

The Supermax in Florence also houses the attempted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, who pled guilty to conspiring in the 9-11 attacks.

After winning his first term in 2014, Gardner is up for reelection next year. No fewer than 10 Democrats have already announced their candidacy hoping to win the party nomination to challenge him, and several more are rumored to be considering runs.

Todd Shepherd

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Todd Shepherd is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He began his reporting career in radio, working as an anchor and reporter for KOMA in Oklahoma City and KOA in Denver. He spent eight years as the investigative reporter for the Independence Institute in Colorado, a free-market-based think tank. Campaigns and Elections magazine named him a "Top Colorado Influencer" for his reporting and news blog. He’s a graduate of the media studies program from Oklahoma Baptist University. His Twitter handle is @shepherdreports.

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