Obama vs The Squad

Democratic US House Representatives Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the newest member of AOC’s Democratic Socialist bloc, Cori Bush, are pushing back against President Obama’s recent criticism of the “Defund the Police” slogan.

Obama argued in a recent interview that the slogan was “snappy” and counterproductive:

“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 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?”

First up, Ocasio-Cortez:

No, it’s really not. The “whole point of protesting” is not “to make people uncomfortable.” It’s to win. Sometimes, particularly with corporations and politicians, making them uncomfortable forces them to act — simply to make the pain stop. But at other times, such as when dealing with public opinion, you often try to woo, not piss off, your audience. For example, on LGBT civil rights issues, when organizing any particular action campaign we’d present an angry side to Congress and corporate America, and a warmer, fuzzier side on TV in order to reach the American people. Both carrot and stick have their place. But they’re tools — they’re not objectives in and of themselves…

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