On Tuesday evening, an interview was released showing former President Barack Obama condemning the slogan, “Defund the Police” as he argued that it turns away voters from the Democratic party.
“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 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,” Obama said to show host Peter Hamby. The full interview is to be released on Wednesday.
Obama immediately got blasted by far-left members of “The Squad” including far-left Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
“Rosa Parks was vilified & attacked for her civil disobedience,” Tlaib said as she indirectly responded to Obama’s comments. “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.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley stated that her and other members of the Democratic party are “out of patience” with Obama’s rhetoric.
“The murders of generations of unarmed Black folks by police have been horrific,” Pressley tweeted. “Lives are at stake daily so I’m out of patience with critiques of the language of activists. Whatever a grieving family says is their truth. And I’ll never stop fighting for their justice & healing.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) unleashed on Obama, saying that “defund the police” is “not a slogan” but a “mandate:” “With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Progressive efforts to defund the police, particularly at the state and local levels, have largely failed. Minneapolis, Minnesota’s, City Council, the first metropolitan government body to pursue a true cut in law enforcement budget, gave up on the effort over the summer after crime rates skyrocketed and minority residents complained directly to the City Council about the lack of law enforcement presence in at-risk communities.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged deep cuts to the New York Police Department but has yet to make those cuts permanent, likely because, as with Minnesota, New York City also suffered a summer crime wave that correlated with an increase in anti-police sentiment.
Obama, of course, has been a thorn in the side of “Democratic socialists” the entire 2020 presidential campaign, warning big-money donors and Democratic bigwigs early on that the party had no chance of success if it nominated a far-left candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders or if progressive forced the party to adopt an extreme far-left platform. Now that he and others affiliated with his White House are guiding a potential Joe Biden administration, it could signal a burgeoning rift within the Democratic party.
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