‘Squad’ Members Swipe Back at Obama for Saying ‘Defund the Police’ Slogan Loses a ‘Big Audience’

Members of the so-call Democratic “squad” are firing back after former President Barack Obama (D) ripped “snappy slogans” such as “defund the police.”

During an interview on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” that aired on Wednesday, Obama suggested that the slogan had cost Democrats votes in the general election.

His comments did not go over well with the member of the “squad,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Check out the reactions below:

Newly elected members of Congress who share a similar ideology with “the squad” also reacted to Obama’s comments.

During the interview, 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.”

He added, “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?”

The phrase “defund the police” became a popular rallying cry of protesters against racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in May. 

Obama is not alone in his criticism of the phrase. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) also blamed the phrase for Democrats coming up short in Congressional races, as IJR reported.

Specifically, he suggested it had a negative impact on South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaimie Harrison’s chances, “That stuff hurt Jaimie, and that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago. 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,” he added.


  1. “Because it wasn’t the right time, not because Bernie didn’t do a good enough job of it.” me

    Correction: Because it wasn’t the right time, not because Bernie didn’t have the right policies.

    I apologize for my confusion.

  2. “If Bernie is the great leader you believe him to be” Phyllis

    When did I ever say that Bernie was a “great leader”? He has the right ideas, but his execution in getting them sucks.

  3. “WHY did he not get the remaining votes needed to pass a bill?” Phyllis

    Because it wasn’t the right time, not because Bernie didn’t do a good enough job of it. Necessary preparatory changes were not made to make it possible. Based on the experience gained since then, however, we all have learned more about what IS necessary to change this very corrupt country. Look to the future. Changes ARE happening – albeit slowly. Cleaning out the corruption in the Democratic Party by uncorrupted progressives will take time, but it IS happening. Eventually, if they ever clean their act up, the Senate will, at some point, have a Democratic majority again. Hopefully, the right leader will come along at the right time that puts it all together (that certainly wasn’t Obama and it certainly won’t be Joke Biden) for the people that NEED change, but, hey, we’re dealing with a huge, corrupt jugernaught, so don’t ask me to give you a date for when it will all come together for us. Maybe even in my lifetime. That doesn’t mean that I won’t do my darndest to make it happen, even if my part to play in it all is tiny.

    I have said all of this before. Why do you persist in making me repeat myself?

  4. AGAIN, General, who are the U.S. Senators that would have voted for the public option in 2010? If Bernie is the great leader you believe him to be, WHY did he not get the remaining votes needed to pass a bill?
    You and I agree that Mexico was not going to pay for the wall. We did not arrive at that conclusion because we did not want change. We arrived at the conclusion after Mexico said they would NOT pay for the wall. We arrived at the conclusion knowing that if we built a wall between our homes and our neighbor then sent the neighbor the bill, IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE PAID. HOW is facing reality so different for you with Bernie’s fantasies?

  5. A “leader” is supposed to lead. Obama was a huge disappointment on more than just health care. He did not take advantage of a super majority when he had a 2-year chance to make a difference.

    Yes, Bernie and AOC are the kind of leaders that we needed (15 years ago). Bernie was the first Democrat/independent since Jessie Jackson to move the party back on the right path for America. Bernie awoke the floundering, sidelined progressives and while he himself may never get the necessary work done now that will help us, he was the spark that ignited the fire in the progressive movement. I know that you are stuck in the here and now, but successors will get or make the changes that we need.

    As I have pointed out to you a number of times, it won’t be quick or easy, certainly not as quickly as a lot of people hoped or needed, but time WILL allow change to happen. Maybe you can help them make changes sooner. People say things are impossible when they don’t want to see change happen. 😉

  6. General, WHO were the U.S. Senators in 2009-2010 that agreed to vote for the public option? HINT: There were FORTY.—Reality check: 40 does not get a bill passed in the Senate. Obama was not opposed to learning from the mistakes of others and allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good. After a 1974 mistake by Sen. Ted Kennedy, he learned the lesson and supported WHAT COULD get the votes. In a democracy, WE COMPROMISE.

    And just WHO would you consider a “leader”? AOC & Bernie? The Squad? Today you will admit that there are NOT the votes for M4A and won’t be in the 117th Congress. BUT, when “the squad” attacked candidate Sen. Warren for admitting that M4A WON’T be considered for passage until the THIRD YEAR, you agreed with their attacks. Bernie logic and Trump logic have something in common—it is untethered from reality. Are you still of the belief that Bernie’s sale of M4A was based in reality when the likelihood of attainment is on par with Mexico paying for the wall?

  7. “Actual leaders know you get something done is by ADDITION.” Phyllis

    Don’t bother including Obama in your list of leaders. He had a chance to get us a MINIMUM of a public option and other important things when he had a super majority. He couldn’t even manage that. He used hope but never managed to get change.

  8. Phyllis: if it wasn’t for the progressives, Democrats wouldn’t have control of the House OR a slim but definite shot at the Senate.

  9. Oh goodie, the squad has 2 new voices to paint the D’s as wackos. Yes, just what we need for 2022. Listen to Obama’s advice, ‘“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?”’
    Actual leaders know you get something done is by ADDITION. “Defund the police” is resulting in SUBTRACTION. I support the BLM movement—I do not support “defund the police.”
    To borrow the General’s phrase, “We need to elect better politicians.” General, if this is your idea of “better,” the D Party is in deep trouble.— These wackos and media attention seekers are no different than Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, and Tom Cotton.
    These folks will discover being in the minority in 2023 won’t be fun.

  10. Sorry Mr O your just not communist enough. They’re coming for you now….
    Hahahaha just deserts.

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