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Ari Melber Grills Former Rep. Michael Grimm: Should Ex-Cons Like You Have the Right to Vote?

Following his release from prison for tax evasion, former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) is looking to regain his old House seat, despite his felony conviction and jail time. And the ex-congressman has found a pretty powerful backer — ex-White House chief strategist and current Breitbart chief Steve Bannon.

Grimm showed up today on MSNBC’s The Beat to talk about his past history and his current run for Congress. And at one point, host Ari Melber asked him a very pointed question.

After Grimm defended his infamous encounter with a reporter, he then claimed he shouldn’t have served prison time for concealing nearly a million dollars in revenue. Why? Because every business owner in New York did what he did. But he would go on to add that he did “regret” not being better than those other business owners.

“Now you want a second chance — you want to go back Congress,” Melber countered. “Do you think former felons or ex-convicts like yourself should have the right to vote?”

Grimm responded that those like him who shouldn’t have been felons should have that right, leading Melber to press him on whether he thought all ex-cons should be allowed.

The ex-lawmaker went on to try to differentiate between those convicted of non-violent felonies and violent crimes while repeatedly stating that he should have just been given a fine.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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