Former President Barack Obama's warning against a "complete tear down" of the American "system" has drawn a rebuke from progressives on Twitter, taking "#TooFarLeft" viral on Twitter.
"Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality," Obama told Democratic donors amid the slide of his former Vice President Joe Biden, the entry of one of his supporters ex-Gov. Deval Patrick, and the success of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of late in the Democratic presidential primary polling. "The average American doesn't think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it."
"And I think it's important for us not to lose sight of that. There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don't want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important."
A former aide for Hillary Clinton, Peter Daou, tweeted a rebuke of Obama's callout:
"Saying 'Americans are moderate than these wild leftists" is basically conceding that the far right propaganda machine has prevailed. Because what the Too Far Left™ movement wants is fairness and equality. Health care, education, dignity for ALL people, not just oligarchs..."
As of 3 p.m. ET, over 55.4K tweets have included the hashtag "TooFarLeft" on Twitter, both rejecting and supporting progressive Democratic policies including Medicare for All, free college education, student loan forgiveness, gun control, et al.
Conversely, "TooFarRight" has 6K tweets.