In an interview with Peter Hamby on Wednesday, former President Barack Obama said that “snappy slogans” like “defund the police” might work to get certain people riled up, but that this kind of rhetoric did nothing to actually reform law enforcement or produce meaningful results.
“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,’” Obama said. “But you know you’ve 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.
“The key is deciding: Do you actually want to get something done? Or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?” Obama continued. “You’ve got to meet people where they are and play a game of addition and not subtraction.”
Obama’s remarks – which are nothing less than the plain truth of the matter, if you have even a couple of brain cells rolling around in your empty head – were immediately seized upon by the radical leftists who call themselves “The Squad.”
“We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand,” whined Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety.”
It’s a ridiculous policy demand that will never, ever happen. Sure, you can go out there and “demand” whatever you want. That doesn’t mean anyone (other than the Minneapolis City Council) is going to give in.
“What if activists aren’t PR firms for politicians & their demands are bc police budgets are exploding, community resources are shrinking to bankroll it, & ppl brought this up for ages but it wasn’t until they said ‘defund’ that comfortable people started paying attn to brutality,” grumbled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
We’re pretty sure people have been “paying attn to brutality” since at least the days of Rodney King, but okay…
“The murders of generations of unarmed Black folks by police have been horrific. Lives are at stake daily so I’m out of patience with critiques of the language of activists,” raged Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-CT).
While we’re on the subject of irresponsible rhetoric, calling these shootings “murders” is another one you guys might want to chill out on.
But we’re not really in the mood to defend Barack Obama (of all people) or even criticize the Squad. If they want to drive themselves into a corner with their absurd proposals, who are we to stop them? Have fun with that.