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Obama Warns Democrats Not to Become Too Extreme–Liberals Bash Him for It

During a speech at a private dinner on Friday, former President Barack Obama gave the Democratic Party a warning that was particularly aimed at the 2020 presidential candidates–don’t become too extreme.

Obama told a room of liberal voters that the average American doesn’t want a “revolution” or to “tear down the system.”

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“My point is that 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 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 or the activist wing of our party,” Obama said.

“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement. They like seeing things improved. But the average American doesn’t think that 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,” the former president added.

“They just don’t want to see crazy stuff,” Obama insisted.

 

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Many liberals were not happy, especially supporters of diehard progressive candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Both are campaigning on Medicare for all, free college for all, and a huge tax increase on wealthy Americans.

Liberals went after Obama on social media, adding the hashtag #TooFarLeft.

“I’m #TooFarLeft because I want kids to be safe in school. I’m #TooFarLeft because I want people to live in dignity. I’m #TooFarLeft because I seek justice and equality. I’m #TooFarLeft because I think healthcare and housing are human rights,” former Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou tweeted.

Of course ‘Squad’ member Rep. Ilhan Omar jumped in.

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Actor Jon Cryer tweeted, “I am #TooFarLeft because I believe that we cannot let greed cause the collapse of the ecosystem that supports all human life on earth.”

Still, Obama is right: If Democrats lose in 2020, perceptions that their party has become too far left will no doubt have a lot to do with that loss.

So maybe it’s a good thing if Democrats don’t take Barack Obama’s advice!

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • hmmmm, obama was born in kenya, that makes him a foreign national, and a foreign national is telling the demon-rats how to go about winning an election. this to be is foreign influence on an american election, same as the dem are trying to pin on russia, trump and he republicans of doing. time for this boy to go back to licking soro's feet.

  • hmmmm, obama was born in kenya, that makes him a foreign national, and a foreign national is telling the demon-rats how to go about winning an election. this to be is foreign influence on an american election, same as the dem are trying to pin on russia, trump and he republicans of doing. time for this boy to go back to licking soro's feet.

  • I am glad to see that Obama admits that there is an "activist wing" of there party. The problem is, the "activist wing" is so stupid they can't read between the lines of what Obama is saying, "Shut up for now, act more conservative, until we win 2020, THEN go crazy with all your socialist reform bull sh*t."
    Poor Obama, he'll never learn, you can't fix stupid.

  • If being #TooFarLeft means believing:
    ✅ Healthcare is a human right (and all medical personnel have to provide services for whatever the government decides to pay them.)
    ✅ Future generations should live on a healthy planet (and there's a lot of money to be made by our cronies through climate change and “green” initiatives)
    ✅ All student debt should be cancelled (because no one should be responsible for their bad decisions.)
    ✅ The minimum wage should be $15 (because even though $31,200/year for a 40 hour/week job is not a living wage everywhere, the greedy business people should pay this rate for any task.)
    ✅ Lives depend on gun reform (and by reform we mean disarming everyone except our untrustworthy police and military.)
    ✅ Families don’t belong in cages (because we don't like the immigration laws and it's unreasonable to expect our disfunctional Congress to change the laws.)

  • Make no mistake, Ubama is NOT turning Rightward. He's just quoting Alinsky, plain and simple. Everything these kooks want, he wants. He just knows that pushing for too much too soon will backfire.

  • Make no mistake, Ubama is NOT turning Rightward. He's just quoting Alinsky, plain and simple. Everything these kooks want, he wants. He just knows that pushing for too much too soon will backfire.

  • AHHHHHHHHH, he just told them to LIE, changing tactics....Well, too late now, the Genie is OUT of the bottle.....!!!! We do have EYES and EARS, you know oblummer......!!!!

  • AHHHHHHHHH, he just told them to LIE, changing tactics....Well, too late now, the Genie is OUT of the bottle.....!!!! We do have EYES and EARS, you know oblummer......!!!!

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