'When you break the law, you temporarily forfeit your right' to vote (VIDEO)

  • In light of Sen. Bernie Sanders saying prison inmates should be able to vote, Cabot Phillips asked students what they think of the idea.
  • Phillips joined Fox & Friends Tuesday to share what he heard from students.

Prison inmates should not have the right to vote, despite 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders saying so, because "when you break the law, you temporarily forfeit" certain rights. 

In light of Sanders' position on inmates voting while in prison, Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips went to Catholic University of America to ask students if they agree with the democratic socialist senator from Vermont. Reactions were mixed, but some students did agree with Sanders that even when people break the law, they should still be entitled to a vote. Those reactions didn't come as any surprise to Phillips, who has traveled to dozens of college campuses across the country and spoken with hundreds of students. 

"The bottom line is, when you break the law, you temporarily forfeit your right to get to decide what the rest of society's laws are and who's making them..."   

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"In this day and age where we've convinced young people, especially, that if a law makes you feel uncomfortable then it's not compassionate and we shouldn't have it at all and when you consistently break down this concept of rule of law then you're going to see people willing to do this," Phillips said Tuesday on Fox & Friends. "The bottom line is, when you break the law, you temporarily forfeit your right to get to decide what the rest of society's laws are and who's making them..."

"So it's the idea, essentially, that you should never lose any of your rights because you're an American. That's not how our laws work.  In America, if you break the law, then you do forfeit the right to certain laws," Phillips said, adding that he's seen "how teachers, professors, social media, media as a whole, have consistently broken down the idea of rule of law and the importance of strong laws in favor of political correctness, so I think that's one reason we see this." 

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's CNSNews.com, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at Watchdog.org, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at TheBlaze.com. In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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