The New York Times dished some bizarre dirt Friday on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), has has previously been accused of treating staffers degradingly.
An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured a salad for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal. But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had fumbled the plastic eating utensils before reaching the gate, and the crew did not have any forks on such a short flight.
What happened next was typical: Ms. Klobuchar berated her aide instantly for the slip-up. What happened after that was not: She pulled a comb from her bag and began eating the salad with it, according to four people familiar with the episode. Then she handed the comb to her staff member with a directive: Clean it.
Much of the report detailed Klobuchar’s oddities, including forcing her staff to abstain from using the word “absolutely,” her paranoia about “sabotage from her own team,” which often led her her to interfere with other job opportunities on Capitol Hill from veterans of her team, and her willingness to humiliate staffers with odd task requests.
Her behavior was described by former staffers as “not just demanding but often dehumanizing.”
“She was known to throw office objects in frustration, including binders and phones, in the direction of aides, they said. Low-level employees were asked to perform duties they described as demeaning, like washing her dishes or other cleaning — a possible violation of Senate ethics rules, according to veterans of the chamber,” the report said.
Once, Klobuchar snapped at a staffer named Erikka Knuti in an elevator in front of another member of Congress. Later, Knuti said Klobuchar apologized. Knuti had been so demoralized by Klobuchar that she said the apology “made [her] feel valued.”
One day, the Senator was thirsty in the Capitol building.
“I would trade three of you for a bottle of water,” she reportedly said to a team member.
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Elizabeth Warren SLAMS Bernie’s Bros: “A Foundation of Hate”
Warren’s alliance with the democratic socialist is shattered.
Elizabeth Warren spoke in condemning terms about some of Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders’ supporters when speaking to NBC News on Tuesday, calling out some Sanders supporters for operating with a “foundation of hate.”
Sanders’ competitors and liberal mainstream media outlets have increasingly tried to tar his supporters in an effort to blunt the candidacy of the democratic socialist, as he appears well-positioned to take the nomination.
Warren’s previously warm relationship with the Vermont democratic socialist turned sour last month, when the Massachusetts Senator claimed Bernie told her a woman couldn’t be President. Sanders denied the accusation, and Warren went on to accuse him of calling her a liar on a live debate stage.
Warren accused Sanders supporters of organizing a harassment campaign against members of a Nevada culinary union that declined to support him.
“I am particularly worried about what happened in the attacks on members of the culinary union, particularly on the women in leadership. That is not how we build an inclusive Democratic Party. … We do not build on a foundation of hate.”
Warren’s line of attack is quite similar to neoliberal Democrats running implicit ‘Never Bernie’ campaigns. Authoritarian oligarch Michael Bloomberg has released ads claiming that Sanders’ movement represents a toxic mob.
Warren claims Sanders supporters are “publishing their personal addresses, their phone numbers, and then making very aggressive threats against their own safety and the safety of their families.”
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 17, 2020
Joe Biden also condemned what he interprets as online hate from Sanders supporters, telling mainstream media flack Chuck Todd that the Vermont Senator bears “accountability.” Sanders himself seems skeptical of the narrative, asking who his supposedly malicious supporters are when pressed on the issue.
Heated rhetoric from online leftists now seems to be a front and center issue within the Democratic primary. It’s a bit less clear if the supposed online mobs are really harassing people, or if Sanders’ critics want a free pass from criticism.
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