Sen. Cruz slams prisoner voting rights policy


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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UPDATED 7:33 AM PT – Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has pushed back against granting prisoners voting rights. While speaking to Judge Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearing Wednesday, the Republican senator argued against the policy by calling it “dangerous.”

The Texas lawmaker went on to slam Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) for his support of the policy, which would permit violent felons to vote.

While making an example of notorious cult leader Charles Manson, Cruz said the very thought of letting someone as dangerous as him vote was absurd. Social media users quickly scrutinized Sen. Cruz for the remark, reminding him Charles Manson was — in fact — dead.

Cruz responded to the criticism by saying it didn’t stop Manson from being a democratic voter.

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