In an interview released this week, Barack Obama threatened Democratic political candidates with the use of “snapping” slogans such as “destroying the police” that he said could turn voters away.
“At the moment of the utterance, it lost a large audience, which is much less likely to actually make the desired changes,” former president Peter Hamby told presenter in an interview with Good Luck America. a Snapchat political show.
“The key is to decide if you really want to accomplish something, or if you want to have a good time among the people you already agree with.” Obama added.
However, Obama defended the place of young progressives as an important “new blood” in the Democratic Party, highlighting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who spoke strongly about the expression and substance of police department funding to boost social spending.
Ben LaBolt, a former Obama campaign operative, shared part of the president’s interview with Hamby online Tuesday before the full interview appeared live on Snapchat on Wednesday.
The remarks sparked immediate repercussions from notable black, progressive black Democrats – including Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Minnesota, who stressed that “rescuing the police” is not just about words but about “the need for fair investment and a budget territory ’.
“We didn’t lose Breonna because of a‘ slogan, ’” said Charles Booker, a representative of the state of Kentucky, referring to Breonna Taylor, a black Louisville woman who was shot dead by police in her own apartment in March in a scandalous raid.
Booker broke the barrier in 2018 when he became the youngest black legislature to be elected to Kentucky’s state legislature in nearly a century. He has launched a tough race to nominate Democrats to eventually – unsuccessfully – attack the Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s seat in the November election.
Cori Bush, who made history last month by being the first black woman to be elected to represent Congress in Missouri, struck back at Obama that “Defund the Police” is not a “slogan. Order for retention [Black] living people. “
“With all due respect, Mr. President – let’s talk about losing people,” he said. “We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We are losing loved ones because of police violence. “
The political rise of membership in the Black Lives Matter movement stemmed from his work as a community activist protesting against the death of Mike Brown in 2014 in Ferguson.
Bush is the only candidate to officially run on a police funding platform – according to an analyst that many analysts say criticism of the movement is unfounded.
Defund the Police was already a widely used phrase and political initiative that became more attractive over the summer when racial justice and anti-law protests erupted in response to George Floydra, who was killed by Minneapolis police in May.
As a policy initiative, the destruction of police departments involves redeploying local and state resources from law enforcement to public services aimed at tackling poverty, inequality and mental health as contributing factors to crime.
The former president’s remarks echoed other moderate Democrats who raised questions and find this term polarizing, sparking criticism of a progressive movement that some have called radical messaging.
In South Carolina, where the democratic base is largely made up of Black Americans who are more skewed and moderate, Democratic Democrat Joe Cunningham lost his house seat in the November election against Republican Nancy Mace.
In the days that followed, South Carolina Congressman and House House minority whip James Clyburn, who was seen as important in reversing Joe Biden’s campaign for democratic presidential candidate as he stood behind moderate left-wing champion Bernie Sanders, told NBC News that slogan hurt some Democratic candidates.
“If you say‘ reform the police to treat everyone fairly ’instead,” Clyburn suggested as an alternative. “How can we divert young people from committing a crime not only in law enforcement but also in sentencing?”
While Obama argued with progressive slogans, he also criticized moderate leadership for failing to acknowledge the growing influence of young, progressives, such as Ocasio-Cortez.
The former president condemned the Democratic National Commission for only briefly portraying such Democratic Socialists in the opening montage of their August National Congress in Milwaukee.
“He speaks to a wide range of young people who are interested in what he has to say, even if they don’t agree with everything he says. You give him a platform. He said, adding that beyond political ideologies, “new blood is always good” for the party.