Former President Barack Obama called out the Democratic Party ahead of the midterms, warning “woke” Democrats that their cancel culture makes people feel as if they are “walking on eggshells.”
Obama made the remarks during an interview on the Pod Save America podcast.
He warned that some Democrats are “buzzkills” and said that some people within his party need to cool down the temperature and understand that everyone makes mistakes.
“Sometimes Democrats are buzzkills.
“Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.
“I used to get into trouble whenever, as you guys know well, whenever I got a little too professorial and, you know, started when I was behind the podium as opposed to when I was in a crowd, there were times where I’d get, you know, sound like I was giving a bunch of policy gobbledygook.
“That’s not how people think about these issues.
“They think about them in terms of the life I’m leading day to day.
“How does politics, how is it even relevant to the things that I care the most deeply about?”
Obama then took a swipe at President Donald Trump.
“The thing that I think sometimes we seem to make a mistake on is his behavior can be so outrageous,” Obama said about Trump.
“And now, folks who try to copy him and his outrageous behaviors, get a lot of attention.
“And so we join that game.
“We spend enormous amounts of time and energy and resources pointing out the latest crazy thing he said, or how rude or mean some of these Republican candidates behaved.
“That’s probably not something that in the minds of most voters overrides their basic interests.
“Can I pay the rent? What are gas prices? How am I dealing with childcare?
“The great thing that I think we have going for us is, is that even with really slim majorities, what we’ve shown is, is that we can deliver.
“You’ve got the Inflation Control Act that has lowered prescription drug prices, has made sure that health care is even more affordable through the ACA, that is looking at lowering energy costs.
“You’ve got a gun bill that is the first major piece of gun safety legislation that we’ve seen in 30 years,” he said.