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Bernie Sanders: Even Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen deserve to vote

In this image, Bernie Sanders sits in a chair and talks while pointing a finger at something.
Sen. Bernie Sanders at the She The People Presidential Forum on April 24. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders used former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, who were both sentenced to prison, as pointed examples for his 2020 initiative to give incarcerated people and felons the right to vote.

The backdrop: In a USA Today op-ed published Tuesday, Sanders argued that people of color are disproportionally affected by this voting restriction. He also said he would not make any apologies for his position, which garnered criticism after he said earlier this month that he supports voting rights for convicted terrorists and sex offenders.

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