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Wed Dec 2, 2020, 03:24 AM

Obama Says 'Defund The Police' Alienates Voters, Drawing Sharp Rebuke From The Left. [View all]

Progressive Democrats, including Ilhan Omar and Cori Bush, criticized the former president for painting defunding as little more than a divisive “slogan.”

Sigh! We've got so much to learn as far as messaging. Words matter. Some actually think voters will automatically get that "defund the police" doesn't actually mean "defund the police". That it really means reallocate police funds to social workers to handle domestic violence situations or some other such emergencies.

The naivete and inexperience is sad. We have to be smarter. Many voters don't do nuance. They don't reinterpret a slogan the way you want or assume they will. Many will take such a slogan at face value and think you want to get rid of police because that's what the slogan seems to say. Again, we've got to get smarter.

Now they're criticizing Obama for saying what many think of that slogan. How did we get here? Maybe the newbie reps should take Marketing 101 so as to learn not to alienate so many voters.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/obama-defund-the-police-progressive-criticism_n_5fc70f99c5b62d34ec87dc46

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