Obama Clarifies Comments on ‘Defund the Police’ Slogan

Former President Barack Obama is responding to the backlash over his criticism of the “defund the police” slogan.

During an interview with the host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah Tuesday, Obama explained the difference between appeasing white Americans and speaking the truth about improving policing.

He mentioned backlash he received from progressive lawmakers for suggesting some Democrats did not do well in the congressional elections because of the slogan.

“That actually was not the point I was making. I was making a very particular point around if we, in fact, want to translate the very legitimate belief that how we do policing needs to change,” Obama said.

“And that if there is for example a homeless guy ranting and railing in the middle of the street, sending a mental health worker rather than an armed untrained police officer to deal with that person might be a better outcome for all of us, and make us safer.”

Watch his comments below:

He suggested if Democrats explain the issue in that context, it will likely resonate with people.

“If we describe that to, not just white folks, but let’s say, Michelle’s mom, that makes sense to them,” Obama said.

He added, “But if we say ‘Defund the Police,’ not just white folks but Michelle’s mom might say ‘If I’m getting robbed, who am I going to call, and is somebody going to show up?’ Right?”

Obama explained it is not his intention to make people “comfortable.”

“It is can we be precise with our language enough that people who might be persuaded around that particular issue, to make a particular change that gets a particular result that we want, what’s the best way for us to describe that?” he continued.

During an interview with Peter Hamby on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” earlier this month, Obama said, “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.”

Members of the “squad,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), criticized Obama for his statement, as IJR previously reported.

The slogan became popular soon after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Responses

  1. I’ve got a title for Barak’s new book, “The Obamanation, or how I screwed everything up”.

  2. Confused Twat says: “Sending someone who is armed into a situation is ALREADY an escalation. The whole point of NOT doing that is to stop the escalation in the first place.

    If whoever responds can de-escalate, then job well done. If the situation needs escalating, then call for help. The idea, at the end of the day, is to have less dead bodies. Right, Br?”

    Well, Confused, next time there’s a gunman holding hostages, waving a knife or gun around, we’ll send you in with a lolly-pop. Maybe we should put social workers on airplanes instead of sky marshals or do like the M4BL wants and remove all the police, resource officers and armed guards in schools, send in a social worker next time there’s a school shooting. Then, we’ll have dead social workers. Let’s send in the Confused Dolt. Good idea!!

  3. If you want to see exactly what the ‘Movement for black lives’ really wants, read the ‘Breathe Act’. They comprise 50 black organizations including the NAACP and Bowel Movement (BLM). They want to turn America into a Somalia, Rwanda, Republic of the Congo or Uganda type failed state, essentially a black criminals paradise. There are too many points to list here, read the Act. Tlaib and Pressley are on board for making in legislation. All law enforcement and public protections will be gone and black criminals and warlords will rule the streets, military severly cut, borders wide open and all funds diverted to Black communities. Read it!!

  4. Too much hand waving, Mr. President. Black folks, White folks, Chartreuse folks – they all want reliable pubic safety. Supply the funding and we can send a mental health therapist, wearing a bullet proof vest of course, to all domestic violence and disturbed person calls. The police will gladly wait on the sidelines.

  5. Br means well, but he STILL doesn’t fully understand the problem.

    Sending someone who is armed into a situation is ALREADY an escalation. The whole point of NOT doing that is to stop the escalation in the first place.

    If whoever responds can de-escalate, then job well done. If the situation needs escalating, then call for help. The idea, at the end of the day, is to have less dead bodies. Right, Br?

  6. “No other President in my lifetime continues to do reruns.” Sharal

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

    You ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet, Sharal. Just wait for all of the crap coming from 45 and his royal cult. How naive you are.

  7. big picture: there are two people that are fully competent in the training for half of that example situation. i wont disagree that majority of police aren’t trained in mental health issues since that’s not their primary job, i will also say that the majority of social workers are not trained in personal defense. where is the benefit in replacing one half trained person with another? seems like the police would actually need more funding to make it possible to have “police trained” social workers…. the real problem with all of this is that no one will talk about how much money is wasted because of poor oversight thus not allowing for these kind of changes.

  8. “white folks”. He just can’t help himself.
    Is he ever just going to go quietly into the night? No other President in my lifetime continues to do reruns.
    This must be what irrelevancy actually looks like.

  9. The man doesn’t know what he is talking about. He still has secret service protection for another 6 years and is wealthy enough to pay for it afterwards.

  10. Love how Portland residents are now complaining about a poor police response and hios they had to track down a stalker.

    Well no SH*T. They demanded defunding the agency. they made the climate a hostile work environment and had to bribe people to take the job lowering standard to that of a fry cook. they still can’t get any suitable candidates with only three out of sixty passing the background investigation. The politics let the idiots run wild and turn it into a war zone and now they watch watch a large number leave the department.

    But this clown thinks his comments are bright??? Just like his “let’s sit down and have a beer”. that blew up in his face just like the uninformed comments after Ferguson

  11. Is this guy EVER going to just shut up? Once again he puts his foot in his mouth making uninformed comments.

  12. Oblamea? Why is he even in the news at all? This guy has not shut up yet. Go away. Go do something besides try and run the country…….. ohhhhhh now i get. Ole pedo joe has someone hand up his arse. Must be this turds hand.

  13. Defunding the police means something very different to a wealthy black man as it does to a poor black man.

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