Klobuchar Has a New Excuse for Reports of Staff Mistreatment: You Have to Be Tough to Deal With Putin


During a Friday interview with CNN, 2020 presidential candidate and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) offered yet another excuse when asked about reports that she has mistreated staff members in the past.

“Well, to me, if you are a boss, you have to have high standards,” she began explaining. “And that is what I have always and that doesn’t mean it’s a popularity contest all the time. So I’ve had high standards for myself, high standards for our staff, and mostly, I’m going to have high standards for the country.”

Then Klobuchar offered a head-scratching excuse for her rumored behavior:

“But one can always do better and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people. If, you know, they felt that something was unfair or they felt bad about something, but I still think that you have to demand good product. When you are out there on the world stage and dealing with people like Vladimir Putin, yeah, you want someone who is tough. You want someone that demands the answers and that is going to get things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life.”

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When asked about President Donald Trump’s similar high staff turnover rate, she tried to distance herself and claimed that her style of leadership was completely different.

“No. I point to the leadership in my office. My chief of staff has been with me something like five years. My state director, that’s our big position in the state, seven years,” she said. “My campaign manager has been with me for 14 years. And I don’t think you see that kind of leadership in the White House right now.”

Klobuchar came under fire when reports that she ran “a workplace controlled by fear, anger, and shame” broke ahead of her 2020 announcement, as IJR Red previously reported. More accusations arose later suggesting the senator tried to have outgoing staff members’ future job opportunities rescinded.

As IJR Red noted, she has dismissed the reports in the past. by saying she’s “tough,” that she pushes people and that she has “high expectations” for herself and her staff. However, she did recently admit that she needs to “do better.”

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I used to work with a team of men in the military opposite an NCO who had the same methods: “Keep the troops pissed off and they’ll work harder”. Fortunately those who worked for me out-performed his team each and every review cycle. His men disliked him with several wanting to transfer. While Klobuchar has convinced herself her throwing items at her staff is the thing to do, I’ll bet most would rather be unemployed than be subjected to her treatment a rabid dog doesn’t deserve.

Phyllis Softa

ed by this article. I don’t expect to see an article by an IJR Red journalist selling Senator Amy Klobuchar over Trump. Trump is on his 3rd chief of staffs in 2 yr 2 months Amy, 1 in 5 yrs. Amy has the same campaign manager for 14 yrs while Trump went thru 4 rounds of managers & the 2020 campaign is a 5th choice. We missed it if Sen. Klobuchar criticized her staff on twitter or fired anyone via twitter. PLUS, she sounds as if she will stand up to the brutal dictators.

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