During a Nov. 15 speech to Democrat donors in Washington, D.C., former President Barack Obama urged Democratic presidential contenders to consider that “the average American” does not want to “to completely tear down the system” as some hard left candidates have proposed. Obama stressed that Americans are conservative in temperament.
“This is still a country that is less revolutionary than it is interested in improvement,” Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”
According to the New York Times, Obama did not mention any specific candidates but said whoever rises from the primaries would receive his support and he would “work my tail off to make sure they are the next president.” However, Obama warned that the voters do not want extremist policies.
“Voters, including Democrats, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain left-leaning Twitter feeds, or the activist wing of our party, and that’s not a criticism of the activist wing,” Obama said. “Their job is to poke and prod and text and inspire and motivate. But the candidate’s job, whoever that ends up being, is to get elected.”
“I don’t think we should be deluded into thinking that the resistance to certain approaches to things is simply because voters haven’t heard a bold enough proposal, and as soon as they hear a bold enough proposal that’s going to activate them,” Obama said. “Because you know what? It turns out that people are cautious, because they don’t have a margin for error.”
Obama’s remarks calling on candidates to relax on extremist policies became a trend on Twitter under #TooFarLeft, where many people disagreed with the president's statement.
The #TooFarLeft continues to raise many comments from people who disapprove of Obama's comments, while other political commentators agree with the president that Democrats have gone too far left.
Conservative Shermichael Singleton tweeted out in response, “Democrats would be wise to listen to Obama.”