AOC: Not Letting Felons Vote Is a Relic of Slavery, or Something
AOC is at it once again – this time with an attempted history lesson. As one would expect, it’s equally as insightful as her prior takes on economics.
According to the Washington Free Beacon’s Charles Lehmen:
Socialist firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday called felon disenfranchisement, a legal practice embraced in some form by 48 states, part of “the inherited structures of slavery.”
During an Instagram Live stream, the congresswoman responded to a submitted question about how someone could be involved in electing Democratic politicians if he or she is ineligible to vote. There are, Ocasio-Cortez said, “plenty of reasons why a person may not be eligible.”
“Maybe you’re not of voting age yet, maybe you aren’t a U.S. citizen. Maybe you live in a state that upholds the structures, the inherited structures of slavery, and disenfranchises people who have been trapped in our system of mass incarceration either now or in the past.”
While a crazy concept to most, allowing felons to vote was common sense to most of the candidates in the 2020 Democrat primary. When questioned during one of the Democrat debates in May of 2019, Bernie Sanders agreed that people in prison should be allowed to vote – including people like the Boston Marathon bombers. Beto O’Rourke (remember him?) was also on board with the idea, as was Pete Buttigieg. Elizabeth Warren was far more than 1/1024% on board with the idea.
And it’s hardly due to their self-professed compassion.
In the 2016 election there were an estimated 6.1 million people prevented from voting due to a felony and 1.3 million because they were in prison, according to the Sentencing Project. The Sentencing Project accidentally revealed the Democrats’ hand in their report, where they describe not allowing felons to vote as “disenfranchisement.”
Of course, they’re only crying disenfranchisement because they’re a left-wing organization who knows how felons tend to vote (when they were able). According to a study published in the The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science:
- New York: 61.5 percent of felons register Democratic, 9 percent register Republican
- New Mexico: 51.9 percent of felons Democratic, 10.2 percent Republican
- North Carolina: 54.6 percent of felons Democratic, 10.2 percent Republican
Think they’d be singing the same tune if felons were turning out in droves for Republicans? Of course not.