Former president tries, fails to corral far-left extremists in party.
Members of the radical Democrat “squad” had their feathers ruffled Tuesday night when former President Barack Obama advised against using the “Defund the Police” slogan.
Appearing in a Snapchat podcast titled, “Good Luck America,” Obama claimed the slogan calling to defund and disband police departments across America over alleged systemic racism is too progressive for the common man.
“If you’re a young activist today and you believe really passionately in a slogan, like Defund the Police, what is your advice to that activist?” podcast host Peter Hamby asked Obama. “Knowing that a lot of politicians won’t go near that phrase, even if the nuts and bolts of the idea might be popular.”
The former president explained: “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like Defund the Police, but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”
He went on:
“But if you instead say, Hey, you know what? Let’s reform the police department so that everybody’s being treated fairly. And not just in policing, but in sentencing, how can we divert young people from getting into crime? And if there was a homeless guy, can maybe we send a mental health worker there instead of an armed unit that could end up resulting in a tragedy?”
“You know, suddenly a whole bunch of folks who might not otherwise listen to you are listening to you… So the key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with? And if you want to get something done in a democracy, in a country as big and diverse as ours, then you’ve got to be able to meet people where they are.”
Squad member Rep. Ilhan Ohmar (D- Minn.) shot back at the former leader of her party, telling him it’s not just a slogan “but a policy demand.”
“We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety,” Omar responded.
Deranged liberal Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also chimed in, paralleling the effort to defund police with Rosa Parks’ defiant stance on the bus in Montgomery Alabama back in 1955.
“Rosa Parks was vilified & attacked for her civil disobedience,” Tlaib wrote. “She was targeted. It’s hard seeing the same people who uplift her courage, attack the movement for Black lives that want us to prioritize health, funding of schools & ending poverty, rather than racist police systems.”