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The contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will be remembered for the record-breaking number of strong, intelligent and eminently qualified women who competed within the crowded field to take on Donald Trump.
That a woman isn’t going to make it to the finish line certainly is a reason to give women everywhere at least some pause to remember the female candidates who fell along the way, and wonder, “If, not now, when?”
Certainly, many of the women who ran deserve recognition for their path-breaking, and to mourn, “What could have been?”
However, one woman who deserves less praise than her sisters in the fight would be Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
No, this call out has absolutely nothing to do with her policy positions or her campaigning out on the trail.
Rather, it’s what’s apparently been going on with the senator behind the scenes for some years now.
Klobuchar became known in her run for president for her plucky Midwestern smile, for her “Minnesota nice.”
It seems like that smile will fade, however, when the cameras are turned off, or she walks off stage.
Specifically, Klobuchar’s staff spoke up more than a year ago about a nasty temper that the senator has.
More Than Just Being a Tough Boss
The senator likes to chalk it up as just “being a tough boss,” or a sexist complaint, because somehow a male boss becoming so enraged at the staff would be given a pass.
But as all of this came out, word leaked that the senator threw a binder in anger (apparently among other things).
“I’ve always been taught that your true character shows in how you treat those with less power than you, especially behind closed doors,” a former staffer told BuzzFeed News. “The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she’s in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn’t be acceptable for anyone.”
If we are going to have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault in the workplace–as we should–then we hold equally zero tolerance for rage in the workplace, particularly from an employer directed at an employee.
Throwing anything in a professional setting is never acceptable. It cannot be explained or excused.
Yes, some of Klobuchar’s staff have defended her.
But I’ve heard too much, from too many of her staff members.
Even before Klobuchar dropped out of this year’s campaign, I decided that there was no way that I could vote in good conscience to give her the nomination. It had nothing to do with her politics; it had everything to do with her character.
I found her unprofessionalism and cruelty disqualifying.
If, somehow, she had won the nomination, I would have had to held my nose and voted for her over Donald Trump and hoped that she would get her anger issues under control quickly.
I’m fortunate that I’ll never have to worry about that now.
But as I think back to the women I could thank for their effort in the 2020 election, those would include Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
But Amy Klobuchar?
I’m quite pleased she won’t be making it to the White House.
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