- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2020

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin on Wednesday joined the left-wing criticism of former President Barack Obama after he called the “Defund the Police” movement a “snappy slogan” that alienated voters.

“I’m always loath to criticize President Obama because I’m such a fan but I do think he’s wrong here,” Ms. Hostin said. “When you think about Defund the Police, that’s not a term that was crowdsourced or tested in focus groups, you know, that’s a term that was borne — a rallying cry that was borne out of the overpolicing of Black and brown communities, borne out of the frustration seeing Black and Brown men and women killed in the streets by police officers.

“Defunding the police does not mean, for the hundredth time I’ve explained it, does not mean eliminating police departments. It doesn’t mean stripping agencies for all of their money. It’s reimagining policing in this country to address systemic racism,” she continued. “And I don’t think you should allow people to co-opt the movement and tell protesters what language they should use. President Obama was a community organizer and I really think that he knows better.”

Mr. Obama sparked a backlash from progressives this week after he said on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” that the word “defund” turned people off from the real purpose of the movement.

“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,’” the former president 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.”

His comments drew backlash from the left-wing of the Democratic Party, including “Squad” member Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.

“Rosa Parks was vilified & attacked for her civil disobedience,” Ms. Tlaib tweeted. “She was targeted. It’s hard seeing the same people who uplift her courage, attack the movement for Black lives that want us to prioritize health, funding of schools & ending poverty, rather than racist police systems.”

“The murders of generations of unarmed Black folks by police have been horrific,” Ms. Pressley tweeted. “Lives are at stake daily so I’m out of patience with critiques of the language of activists. Whatever a grieving family says is their truth. And I’ll never stop fighting for their justice & healing.”

“We lose people in the hands of police,” Ms. Omar tweeted. “It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety.”

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