Four Democratic congresswomen suggested allegations Sen. Amy Klobuchar mistreated her staff could be misconstrued because she’s a woman, The Hill reports.
Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, last Sunday announced she was running for president in 2020, a week after the Huffington Post reported that some former staffers complained she was demeaning and prone to outbursts of cruelty.
“Women are not usually applauded for being tough. And then when you are…” Rep. Anna Eshoo D-Calif., trailing off, told The Hill. “But you know what, she's a big girl. She'll handle it. She'll do fine.”
Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., told the news outlet she thinks women are judged by a different standard, “so what can seem tough in a man, the adjectives used for men, are not always so kind when they’re used for women.”
Klobuchar is facing criticism for issues that “don’t necessarily get focused on with male candidates, including things like likability,” added Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., noted President Donald Trump’s turnover rate (65 percent) was higher than Klobuchar’s (36 percent), “but somehow it’s an issue for Ms. Klobuchar.”
Klobuchar last week told reporters she was tough and said she pushed people.
“I have high expectations for myself, I have high expectations for the people that work for me, but I have high expectations for this country,” she said. “In the end, there are so many great stories of our staff that have been with me for years.”
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