Amy Klobuchar Ate with Her Comb, Then Made Staff Clean It

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders speak at a CNN townhall debate on healthcare at the CNN headquarters in Washington D.C. on Sept. 25 2017. Gabriella Demczuk  CNN

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders speak at a CNN townhall debate on healthcare at the CNN headquarters in Washington D.C. on Sept. 25 2017. Gabriella Demczuk CNN

After they reached the gate, Klobuchar reprimanded the staff member for not having a plastic fork ready for her to use.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Senate office scrapped a policy this week that required employees who took 12 weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave to stay at the office for three times that time off once they returned, an aide to the Minnesota Democrat said Friday.

In one instance, Klobuchar went so far as to confront a fellow Democrat in Congress who had offered a job to one of Klobuchar's staffers, making it clear she wanted the offer rescinded, said a source with knowledge of their conversation. Amy Klobuchar once ate her salad with a comb after a Senate aide accidentally dropped her fork, according to a New York Times report.

After receiving questions about the policy from The Times, Ms. Klobuchar's office said it would be revised.

Other outlets have reported on the alleged hostile work environment, and the senator addressed the issue during a CNN town hall earlier this month.

As for her motivations, several former staffers noted Klobuchar's conduct as a boss makes it hard for her to replace outgoing staff. Klobuchar responded to those stories as she announced her presidential bid on February 10.

These ex-staff members say that they were on the receiving end of Klobuchar's chiding, which came in response to relatively minor slip-ups.

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"Am I a tough boss sometimes? Yes". "Have I pushed people too hard? Yes".

The Times said numerous aides who were interviewed said that before they left the staff, they saved emails from Klobuchar in case they needed to prove her pattern of abusive behavior.

Klobuchar spokeswoman Carlie Waibel says the Minnesota Democrat will meet privately with Abrams, who lost a bid for governor past year and delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address earlier this month.

They even saved damaging emails from Klobuchar to use as evidence in case the senator would try to ruin their reputations in Washington, D.C.

Klobuchar would throw binders and phones in the direction of aides when frustrated, according to the report, and low-level employees were tasked with activities such as washing her dishes.

In another angry email, she wrote: 'This is the hands down worse thing you have ever given me'.

Now, all that said, it seems Klobuchar doesn't have the temperament to hold higher office being so volatile, something that was highlighted during the appalling character assassination attempt against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. "She demeaned and berated her staff nearly daily, subjecting them to bouts of explosive rage and regular humiliation within the office, according to interviews and dozens of emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News".

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