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.”
I’ve had “high standards for our staff,” says Amy Klobuchar on negative reports of how she’s previously treated her staff. “One can always do better and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people… but I still think that you have got to demand good product.” pic.twitter.com/xkUImTahI4
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) March 15, 2019
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 More accusations arose later suggesting the senator tried to have outgoing staff members’ future job opportunities rescinded.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.”