FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 13, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign staff have announced that it will use a Disney song from 101 Dalations, Cruella De Vil, as the theme song for her presidential campaign. Her staff probably thought that while working for her they were meeting Cruella De Vil in the flesh. She is known as one of the worst, if not the worst senator, to work for.
Sen. Klobuchar announced her candidacy Feb. 10 in snowy, subfreezing temperatures on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. The irony is that it was snowy and cold when Cruella De Vil plotted to steal the puppy Dalmations. So it was fitting that she had her announcement on an island, with steady wind blown snow. The parents who owned the Dalmations had to flee from Cruella De Vil in similar temperatures.
She joins a long list of Democrat candidates, including fellow Democrat Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as well as San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Klobuchar has a long track record of angry, harsh, and frankly abusive behavior towards her staffers over her twelve years in the Senate, according to a report in the National Review. According to LegiStorm, a survey covering the period from 2001 to 2016 found that Klobuchar had the highest staff turnover.
Multiple news stores have surfaced revealing her cruel and devilish behavior.
This is from a BuzzFeed story, by Molly Hensley-Clancy:
"At least three people have withdrawn from consideration to lead Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s nascent 2020 presidential campaign . . . in part because of the Minnesota Democrat’s history of mistreating her staff . . . . some former Klobuchar staffers, all of whom spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, describe Klobuchar as habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty that make it difficult to work in her office for long.
It is common for staff to wake up to multiple emails from Klobuchar characterizing one’s work as “the worst” briefing or press release she’d seen in her decades of public service, according to two former aides and emails seen by HuffPost . . . . Adding to the humiliation, Klobuchar often cc’d large groups of staffers who weren’t working on the topic at hand . . ."
Here part of another Huffington Post story by Redden and Terkel:
“Especially while in the car during a busy day: if she is EXTREMELY upset about something, let her rant through it, DON’T interupt [sic] her unless ABSOLUTELY necessary and be careful when trying to calm her down,” the memo reads. “Often she just needs to talk things out in the open and is not interested in other people’s opinions — this is something that you will become used to and adjust to — its just a note for the first time this happens.”
More reporting on Sen. Klobuchar’s behavior from the New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg:
"[O]utwardly, Ms. Klobuchar is the embodiment of “Minnesota nice” — polite and intent on being able to “disagree without being disagreeable,” as she wrote in her 2015 memoir, “The Senator Next Door.” In an era of Twitter rants and senatorial showboats, she is the worker bee in the background, tallying up how many of her bills get signed into law: 24, she said, since Mr. Trump became president."
But wait, aren’t men like Pres. Trump, the guy who mocks his opponents, supposed to be the real bullies. Women have complained about the number of men in the senate making decisions for women, claiming that they were not in touch with the feelings of women.
Yet according to these reports, Sen. Klobuchar probably treats the women on her staff worse than any of the Republican men in the senate. Klobuchar and other female senators are supposed to be leaders in the effort to stop bullying, especially against women. Where was Sen. Diane Fienstein during all these years of abusive treatment by Sen. Klobuchar? What about Sen. Kamala Harris? What about the female empowering Sen. Mazie Hirono?
Democrat women like Sen. Klobuchar are not supposed to be capable to bullying. There must be something wrong with all of these reports. America was to believe that female Democrat senators like Klobuchar are the embodiment of all things, caring, all things good, especially all things good for women. They are all just sweet angels, certainly not cruel devils like Cruela De Vil.
But Sen. Klobuchar was not and is not the embodiment of a good citizen, a good public servant, to the women in her office. Quite the opposite:
“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” said one former staffer.
After leaving the employment of Sen. Klobuchar, members of her staff are probably suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Here is a summary of PTSD: an anxiety disorder that develops following frightening, stressful, or distressing life events. Characterized by intense fear, helplessness, and stress, PTSD affects normal life and functioning of the patient. Treatments include medications and psychotherapy, either alone or in combination.
Let's see, frightening, stressful or distressing life events. Yes. Yes, and yes. Maybe the federal government would agree to pay for all of her former staff's PTSD treatment, since the government has paid for other complaints against abusive lawmakers.
All of these reports together are no doubt why the campaign chose Cruella De vil for her presidential campaign.
Here are the lyrics to Cruella De vil, which Klobuchar might use as motivation to continue her psychopathic behavior, in the privacy of her office. The lyrics have been changed to help past, present and future members of her staff cope with her behavior:
If she doesn't scare you
No evil thing will
To see her is to
Take a sudden chill
Cruella, Cruella Klobuchar
The curl of her lips
The ice in her stare
All innocent children
Had better beware
She's like a spider waiting
For the kill
Look out for Cruella Klobuchar
At first you think
Klobuchar is the devil
But after time has worn
Away the shock
You come to realize
You've seen her kind of eyes
Watching you from underneath
This vampire bat
This inhuman beast
She ought to be locked up
And never released
The world was such
A wholesome place until
Cruella, Cruella Klobuchar
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