Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was considered by some as a possible 2020 Presidential candidate is under fire for allegedly abusing staff members to the point where they shed tears.
Multiple former staffers came out and spoke to Buzzfeed, which found Klobuchar often yelled and threw papers and objects at staffers.
Sorry, but if you’re berating staff almost daily, regularly leaving employees in tears, and hurling objects (one aide was accidentally hit with a flying binder), then this is beyond the “she’s difficult” sexist stereotype. You sound like an abusive boss. https://t.co/KNqH1zJXra
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) February 8, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is facing scrutiny over her treatment of congressional staff and her workplace demeanor, just days ahead of her decision about whether she will run for president in 2020.
A number of former staffers who worked for Klobuchar spoke anonymously to BuzzFeed News, accusing the senator of often berating staff over small mistakes and creating a hostile work environment.
BuzzFeed interviewed eight former aides and reviewed dozens of emails.
A spokesperson for Klobuchar did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
BuzzFeed reported that Klobuchar often yelled, threw papers and flung objects and aides were regularly left in tears, citing four former staffers.
One staffer was hit with a binder, though Klobuchar did not mean to hit the person, somebody who saw the incident told the publication.
“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” one former staffer told BuzzFeed.
Klobuchar will announce her decision about whether she will run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday in Minneapolis.
She’s been considering a presidential run for months, but has signaled a likely bid amid news that she’ll be headlining a local Democratic banquetin Iowa on Feb. 21.
In emails reviewed by BuzzFeed, Klobuchar told staff their work was “the worst in … years,” and “the worst in my life.”
In several emails, she reportedly criticized staffers, writing in all capital letters, after they made what they believed to be small mistakes or misunderstood her.