Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday that she wants Americans to move on from scandalous stories about Democrats, including that of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and former Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.).
Klobuchar made an effort to dodge further condemnation of her fellow Democrats after Todd asked her about what the party should do to address controversial actions by members of their party.
He asked her directly about Northam, who admitted to wearing blackface after a racist yearbook photo resurfaced, and Franken, who resigned from office after several women came forward to admit that he had touched them inappropriately.
During her “Meet the Press” interview, the 2020 candidate explained that she called out the actions at the time, but now she wants Americans to move on and focus on present-day issues:
“Look, I had called on Governor Northam to step down and he didn’t. And Al Franken made a decision on his own. […] I am his colleague and continue to talk to him and I think that should have gone through the ethics process. It didn’t and then he made his own decision based on a number of his colleagues asking him to leave. But if we spend our whole time, Chuck, talking about what men did wrong, then we’re never going to talk about what women can do right including running for president and winning.”
When Todd pushed her on whether she thinks Democrats are “powerless” in pushing Northam out, she dodged the question.
“It is not [a great picture of the Democratic Party], but again, we have to move on,” said Klobuchar.
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Despite stating that Americans need to move on from scandals in the Democratic party, she immediately contradicted herself by pointing to President Donald Trump’s past comments on Charlottesville. The president claimed that there were “good people” on both sides of the white supremacist march, a statement he has since clarified.
“After you see a president that, after Charlottesville, says their’s two sides to an issue, for me, the bigger issue is: How do we unite this country?” Klobuchar said. “We do that by bringing people together. No more caustic tweets. No more of this pitting people against each other.”
Klobuchar is one of more than a dozen Democrats to enter the race in hopes of beating Trump in 2020. From the looks of her comments, she aims to beat Trump first and address issues in her own party second.