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‘Squad’ Members Fume After Obama Says ‘Defund the Police’ Cost Dems the Election

'You lost a big audience the minute you say it...'

Former President Barack Obama admitted Democrats lost support during the 2020 election due to “snappy” slogans like ‘Defund the Police.”

In an interview with Peter Hamby, who hosts a Snapchat political show called “Good Luck America,” Obama said activists who use polarizing slogans could jeopardize their goals of passing actual criminal justice and police reform.

“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 explained, according to Axios. “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’s comments echo similar criticisms made by other Democrats frustrated with the party’s losses.

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn, R-S.C., for example, said he believes radical policies like ‘Defund the Police’ hurt Democratic candidates running in swing states.

“That’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago,” Clyburn said. “I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort. We are all about making headway, and I just hope that going forward we will think about each one of these Congressional districts and let people represent their districts.”

Several leftist members of “The Squad” in the House of Representatives, however, hit back at Obama and insisted that ‘Defund the Police’ is “not just a slogan.”

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