In July 2016, Occupy Wall Street claimed that Barack Hussein Obama is a capitalist, Zionist shill. It seems that the 2020 Democrats occupy the same position on the political spectrum as Occupy Wall Street. The primary field, which initially contained almost two dozen people, has been critical of Barack Hussein Obama due to a belief that his socialist policies did not go far enough.
The criticisms of Obama began prior to the second 2019 Democrat primary debates in July. According to The Daily Beast, "Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign has used Obama’s own words to challenge Biden’s notion that Obamacare simply needs to be built upon. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) challenged Biden over the Obama administration's deportation policies. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) backed off support for the Obama administration’s 2015 Iran nuclear deal as originally written. And Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) has attacked Biden for a naivete about dealing with Republicans—in what has been interpreted as an implicit rebuke of Obama’s own failure to fully grasp GOP recalcitrance." Then, during the second debates, various candidates attacked former President Barack Hussein Obama. According to Breitbart News, the former President was criticized by Bill De Blasio, Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, and even Joe Biden. USA Today claims they tried to "walk back" their criticisms, but they never reversed their statements. In addition, according to Politico, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris argued that Obama's presidency is "not above criticism." When Obama fired back in November, calling the 2020 Democrats, "too far-left," they attacked him again. Bernie Sanders claimed that he's "not trying to tear down the system," Cory Booker said that Democrats should, "stop tearing each other down," and Julian Castro stated that the 2020 Democrats' "vision for the future of the country is much better and will be more popular than Donald Trump's." However, in this case it should be noted that at least one member of the Alternative Influence Network has condemned Obama's remarks, noting that he is an establishment neoliberal. From December 2019 to January 2020, The New York Times interviewed six of the 2020 Democrats: Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer. All had criticisms to offer of the "mistakes" Obama made while in office.
It is illustrative of how far-left the 2020 Democrats are when Barack Hussein Obama is considered not a true progressive.