Barack Obama clarifies remarks on 'Defund the Police' following harsh backlash

On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Tuesday night, former President Barack Obama clarified statements he’d made earlier in the month regarding the movement to “defund the police.” Obama garnered sharp rebuke from some progrressive Democrats after he criticized the “snappy slogan,” and said people using it would lose “a big audience the minute you say it.” Obama wanted to make clear that his criticism was for the way the message was expressed, not the movement itself.

“I think that people assumed that somehow I was making an argument that that’s why we didn’t get a bigger Democratic majority. That actually was not the point I was making,” Obama said. “I was making a very particular point around, if we in fact want to translate the very legitimate belief that how we do policing needs to change…if we describe that to not just white folks, but let’s say, Michelle’s mom, that makes sense to them.”

Obama believes that if the message behind the “slogan” is more clearly conveyed to the American people, the movement will gain more support and more will get done than if those supporting it now simply say, “defund the police.”