In the wake of the Democratic Party’s underwhelming performance in last month’s congressional elections, a number of moderates in the party pointed to progressive slogans like “defund the police” as particularly costly among centrist voters in hard-fought districts.
Even former President Barack Obama recently dismissed the anti-police chant as merely “snappy” and generally counterproductive — earning him criticism from far-left U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), as Breitbart reported.
“You lost a big audience”
Far from a simple slogan, she insisted that “defund the police” is an actual “policy demand” from the Democratic Party’s radical progressive wing.
As for Obama’s complaints about the slogan, he sounded off during a recent interview with Peter Hamby for the Snapchat show Good Luck America.
“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,” the ex-president said, according to Axios.
Obama noted that recitation of the “snappy” slogan comes down to a simple question: “Do you want to actually get something done or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?”
Of course, Omar saw it differently and was clearly in no mood to be lectured to on the efficacy of her advocacy.
“Not a slogan but a policy demand”
“We lose people in the hands of police,” she tweeted, according to Breitbart. “It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety.”
It would appear, then, that Omar and the far-left fringe does hope to strip funding or even abolish local police departments.
In fact, such efforts have already gotten underway in communities across the nation — including in densely populated cities like Los Angeles, California.
A ballot measure dubbed “Reimagine LA County” called for investing up to $900 million annually in social services and programs designed to be an alternative to incarceration or traditional policing.
Organizers of the effort were able to claim victory with widespread support among voters after presenting the proposal not as divestment from law enforcement but as an investment in more effective alternatives.