Obama criticizes ‘defund the police’: ‘You lost a big audience the minute you say it’
Obama told Peter Hamby, host of the Snapchat show, that people who use the slogan could make it harder to implement changes regarding police reform.
“I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police’ but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said. “Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”
He added, “Instead of talking labels and ideology, we should focus on talking about getting certain things done.”
The “defund the police” movement became widely popular over the summer, following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer.
Protesters called to “defund the police” across the US, asking to reallocate or redirect funds away from the police department to other government agencies.
President Donald Trump criticized the movement, saying during his 2020 re-election campaign that his administration would not allow defunding to happen.
“We will never, ever defund our police,” Trump said in July. “That I can tell you. We are not defunding police.”