Former President Barack Obama slammed anti-police activists and Democrats who use “snappy” slogans like “defund the police” saying, “you lost a big audience the minute you say it”; plus, more Democrat politics.
Obama criticizes Democrats and activists saying “defund the police”
During an online interview scheduled to be released in three parts this week, former President Barack Obama harshly criticized anti-police activists and Democrats who are using “snappy” slogans such as “defund the police,” Fox reported.
“You lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said during the interview. The former president said “snappy” slogans such as “defund the police” may draw attention but clarified that it “makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”
Obama said political candidates lose support through making such statements, The Hill reported. Obama then went on to accuse activists of trying to please or appease one another rather than push for policy changes with a broader appeal to the public at large.
“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?” Obama told host Hamby, according to Axios.
Other top Democrats against using terms like “defund the police” and “socialism”
The comments by President Obama reflect those of other top Democrats who have likewise criticized progressives for using the phrase, also saying these “defund the police” statements are damaging the Democratic Party.
Several top Democrats have spoken out saying that the slogan caused some Democratic candidates, who did not use the phrase, to lose against Republican challengers.
During a meeting in November among top Democrats, discussions were held over the damage terms like “defund the police”, “socialist” and “socialism” were having on the Party.
“We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) said. “We lost good members because of that.”
In a private call after the election, Spanberger also said that “no one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Politico reported.
Mark Kelly to be sworn in as US senator, giving Arizona first 2 Democratic senators since 1940s-early 50s
The state of Arizona has not had two Democratic senators since Sens. Carl Hayden and Ernest McFarland served together in the 1940s and early 1950s. But that’s about to change when retired astronaut Mark Kelly will be sworn in as Arizona’s new senator at noon Wednesday, AZ Central reports.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, (D-AZ), became the first Democrat in three decades to clinch a Senate seat in Arizona when she defeated Republican Martha McSally in 2018.
McSally lost again in 2020 to Kelly in a special election to replace the former seat of longtime Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who died in 2018. Kelly will finish out McCain’s term. The next elections to the U.S. Senate in Arizona will be held on November 8, 2022.
34 Senate seats up for election in 2022
Around the country, 34 of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for regular election in 2022. As of November 2020, 12 of those seats were held by Democrats, and 22 were held by Republicans, according to Ballotpedia.