Obama fears ‘circular firing squad’ among Democrats

By Daniel Chaitin |

Former President Barack Obama said on Saturday he is concerned about the left wing of the Democratic Party creating a “circular firing squad” hurting more moderate members.

“The way we structure democracy requires you to take into account people who don’t agree with you,” Obama said at an Obama Foundation event in Berlin, Germany. “And that by definition means you’re not going to get 100 percent of what you want.”

“One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States — maybe it’s true here as well — is a certain kind of rigidity, where we say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. This is how it’s going to be,’” Obama said, adding that Democrats have in some cases created “what’s called a ‘circular firing squad,’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues.”

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