Former President Barack Obama is drawing some progressive ire after warning in a new interview that politicians and activists lose support when using “snappy” slogans like “defund the police.”
Obama addressed the rallying cry to “defund the police” — a slogan that gained voice among protesters who took to the streets over the summer to decry police violence — during a Snapchat interview with journalist Peter Hamby released Wednesday.
“If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police,’” Obama said. “But you know you’ve 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.”
Obama advocated for programs that would divert young people from criminal activity and dispatch mental health workers instead of officers to respond…
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