Former President Barack Obama again took aim at the “dangers” of cancel culture in a new interview Monday, doubling down on earlier warnings against ideological purity tests that have been weaponized by much of the left in recent years.
During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the 44th president urged party activists to reconsider a culture of “canceling” those who run afoul of their worldview, adding that he believes his daughters’ generation understands that people have gone “overboard” in demanding perfection.
“At least in conversations with my daughter, I think that a lot of the dangers of cancel culture—and we’re just going to be condemning people all the time—at least among my daughters they will acknowledge sometimes among their peer group or in college campuses you’ll see folks going overboard,” he said.
Obama said his two daughters, 19-year-old Sasha and 22-year-old Malia “have a pretty good sense of, ‘look, we don’t want, we don’t expect everybody to be perfect.’”
The former president raised eyebrows in 2019 when he first spoke out against what he called “woke” virtue signaling, where he told an audience in Chicago that activists “should get over” their obsession with the flawed ideology.
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