Former President Barack Obama appears to be skeptical of the policy direction that the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates are headed.
On Friday, according to ABC News, the 44th president told a room of Democratic donors that he’d like to see his left-leaning counterparts cut out the “crazy stuff” and refrain from becoming too fringe in the public eye.
“The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it. And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama stated. “There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.”
These remarks come as far-left politicians — like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — continue to put pressure on the stronghold former Vice President Joe Biden has built around the number one position in the polls.
While Obama didn’t call out any specific names, he noted that issues like immigration and health care need to be aligned with the views that a majority of Americans have.
“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds,” Obama said.
These words weren’t appreciated by some, with one supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders telling the former president to “shove it,” claiming he “did nothing for DAPL” and “droned women & children.”
Dear @BarackObama ;
My children's and my fellow citizens well being and quality of life is not crazy stuff. You did nothing for DAPL, you bailed out big banks & droned women & children. Take your advice & shove it.
We The People#Bernie2020
— Thelonius Punk🌹🦃🥧 (@Dorianwallace) November 16, 2019
Obama, who’s rallying cry when running for presidential office in 2008 was to “fundamentally change” America per Real Clear Politics, seems to have limits as to how far this new breed of progressivism should go.
Will 2020 Democrats heed Obama’s words? Or will they trudge forward with the next generation of progressive messaging and action?