Former President Barack Obama received criticism after he warned Democrats against embracing a far-left agenda.
During a speech on Friday to the Democratic Alliance, Obama urged Democrats to push for progressive causes, but remember that “the average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it,” as IJR has previously reported.
He added that the presidential candidates shouldn’t be “deluded” into think that voters are not supporting their proposals because they aren’t “bold enough.”
“I don’t think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters haven’t heard a bold enough proposal and if they hear something as bold as possible then immediately that’s going to activate them.”
His comments drew criticism from members of his own party who used the hashtag “TooFarLeft” to take a swipe at his comments.
CONFESSION: I'm Too Far Left™— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 16, 2019
I'm #TooFarLeft because I want kids to be safe in school.
I'm #TooFarLeft because I want people to live in dignity.
I'm #TooFarLeft because I seek justice and equality.
I'm #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare and housing are human rights.
If being #TooFarLeft means believing:— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2019
✅ Healthcare is a human right
✅ Future generations should live on a healthy planet
✅ All student debt should be cancelled
✅ The minimum wage should be $15
✅ Lives depend on gun reform
✅ Families don’t belong in cages
Count me in! 💪🏽
I'm not sure what #TooFarLeft is. Making sure individuals don't go broke from health care costs? Making sure that every kid has a shot at a good education? Making sure that banks don't throw away our money, or that oil companies don't wipe us off the face of the Earth?— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) November 16, 2019
I’m #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare is a human right.— Melissa Blake (@melissablake) November 16, 2019
I’m #TooFarLeft because I think families shouldn’t be separated.
I’m #TooFarLeft because I think children shouldn’t be dying at school.
I’m #TooFarLeft because I think women should control their own bodies.
I am #TooFarLeft because I believe that we cannot let greed cause the collapse of the ecosystem that supports all human life on earth.— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) November 16, 2019
Obama, you know what NOT being #TooFarLeft got us? A fracking boom. Drone warfare. An insurance industry written healthcare bill. Crackdown on whistleblowers. A continued war on drugs, mass incarceration and more inequality. So please, go back to writing your memoirs.— Joshua Frank (@joshua__frank) November 17, 2019
Apparently I’m #TooFarLeft because I actually believe in equality, justice and peace🤷🏻♀️. Interesting that those who say this kind of thing are usually advocates/apologists for the unequal, unjust and conflict prone status quo 🤔— Salma Yaqoob (@SalmaYaqoob) November 16, 2019
I'm #TooFarLeft because I love my family members for who they are.— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) November 17, 2019
What a ridiculously liberal thing to do.
I guess I am #TooFarLeft because I want people to live decent, healthy lives.— Eva Putzova (@EvaPutzova) November 17, 2019
My 2 cents: We fought hard for health care reform, and I appreciate all Obama did (very much so). But his constant desire to be accepted by Republicans who never were going to like or work with him was frustrating. #TooFarLeft can't be a thing anymore. Go big or don't bother.— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) November 16, 2019
Last month, Obama faced criticism after he spoke out against “woke culture,” as IJR has previously reported.
Speaking at the annual Obama Foundation Summit, Obama said that just calling people out on social media will not accomplish much, “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”
Obama has not endorsed any of the 2020 Democratic candidates for president but he promised to work to make sure whoever wins the Democratic nomination defeats President Donald Trump in next year’s presidential election.