Some believe that Amy Klobuchar was not sensitive to the effects of her policies on minority communities.
During Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President, we opined that Clinton needed to focus on race issues to keep pace with Obama’s connection with minorities during his two campaigns.
The morning after announcing her entry into the 2020 campaign, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed reports that people have declined to work for her campaign because of her history of mistreating staff, according to realclearpoilitics.
“I am tough, I push people, that is true,” Klobuchar said in an interview with ‘Good Morning America.’ “But, my point is I have high expectations for myself, I have high expectations for the people who work with me, and I have high expectations for this country,” the report continues.
The huffingtonpost reported, “Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s mistreatment of her office staff began more than a decade ago and eventually caused such concerns that in 2015, then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to her privately and told her to change her behavior, multiple sources have confirmed to HuffPost.”
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We don’t know if any of these claims about her alleged treatment of staff members are true.
On a separate note, some believe that Klobuchar was not sensitive to the effects of her policies on minority communities. David Schultz, a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, studied law enforcement and race issues while Klobuchar was county attorney for Hennepin County in Minnesota.
“People are going to say she did a great job, but I do think she had a blind side to racial disparity types of issues,” Schultz said. “There’s nothing to indicate to me that when Klobuchar was in office, she particularly was paying attention to these issues of racial disparities,” according to a report in the dailybeast.
Lara Bazelon, a law professor at the University of San Francisco who criticized Harris’ record on criminal justice in a New York Times op-ed, said Klobuchar’s recognition of racism in the system states the obvious.
“It’s not an answer that’s going to satisfy me or satisfy anybody that believes in true criminal justice reform,” Bazelon said, “and there’s a lot of us,” the dailybeast wrote.
Klobuchar attacked Brett Kavanaugh during his nomination hearing and said she did not believe Kavanaugh’s denials that he tried to force himself on a 15-year-old girl while in high school. However, the majority of the Senate disagreed with this assessment and confirmed the nomination. We think the Senator’s rash assessment of Kavanaugh’s lack of veracity was done without meaningful examination much to the dismay of many blue-collar voters, a group she needs to carry if she hopes to win a national election.
During Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President, we opined that Clinton needed to focus on race issues to keep pace with Obama’s connection with minorities during his two campaigns. She was never able to get the turnout of African American voters she needed to win. Klobuchar should not make the same mistake.