It’s been an interesting race so far in the increasingly crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates. But one story coming out of the contest is seriously grossing some people out.
A story that’s been floating around for a while about Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has been confirmed by a New York Times piece published on Friday.
“Senator Amy Klobuchar was hungry, forkless and losing patience,” the Times began their story, which ripped her to shreds for how badly she reportedly treats her staff.
“An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured a salad for his boss while hauling their bags through an airport terminal,” the story continued. “But once onboard, he delivered the grim news: He had fumbled the plastic eating utensils before reaching the gate, and the crew did not have any forks on such a short flight.”
“What happened next was typical: Ms. Klobuchar berated her aide instantly for the slip-up,” the Times added. “What happened after that was not: She pulled a comb from her bag and began eating the salad with it, according to four people familiar with the episode.”
“Then she handed the comb to her staff member with a directive: Clean it.”
That account is grossing some people out.
Others found the opportunity for puns irresistible.
Many people wondered why the incident was being reported on by major news outlets in the first place.
But according to the Times, a number of her former staff members say Klobuchar was “not just demanding but often dehumanizing — not merely a tough boss in a capital full of them but the steward of a work environment colored by volatility, highhandedness, and distrust.”
While The Hill got lambasted for focusing on that salad comb part of the Times’ story, the publication says this incident and the other negative stories surrounding her treatment of staff members are not great looks for a presidential candidate already struggling to make a name for herself amount better-known candidates like Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).