Senator Amy Klobuchar says she doesn’t want to be considered for the vice presidency due to her race.
Klobuchar is a senator from Minnesota, a failed 2020 presidential candidate and used to be widely regarded as a strong potential running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden. However, she recently asked Biden to no longer consider her as a running mate because she is white.
“This is a historic moment,” she said, referencing the George Floyd riots on MSNBC, Thursday. “America must seize on this moment, and I truly believe as I actually told the Vice President [Biden] last night when I called him that I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.”
“If you wanna heal this nation right now, my party yes, but our nation, this is sure a hell of a way to do it” Klobuchar concluded as a touch of emotion appeared to creep into her voice.
BREAKING: Sen. Klobuchar announces she is withdrawing from consideration to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential choice: “I think this is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket.” pic.twitter.com/xk4zZIP7Yd
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 19, 2020
Yashar Ali, a left leaning journalist known for his deep connections in Democrat politics, says that Klobuchar was no longer under consideration to join the Biden campaign anyway, and that her symbolic withdrawal was nothing more than a way to save face.
Klobuchar was no longer being considered and that’s a fact. She knew that. To make a big show out of pulling herself out of contention when there was nothing to pull herself out of is something else. To use it as moment to try and clean up her terrible record is just astounding.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 19, 2020
Klobuchar’s step away from Biden’s 2020 presidential bid comes after she was criticized harshly for her record on police brutality in her home state.
Critics of the senator highlight how when she served as the Hennepin County Attorney, she allowed a grand jury to determine if charges should be brought against officers involved in shooting incidents. Many on the left say that the jury system should not have been trusted and that Klobuchar herself should have forced trials by bringing charges herself, per APM Reports.
She has also been accused of ignoring the pleas of a mother who specifically asked her to file charges against the cop who shot her son rather than referring the case to a grand jury in 2004.
“The grand jury is a way of hiding that the prosecutor is not giving the full information of guilt to the grand jury,” the mother of the killed man wrote, apparently suggesting that the jury system is rigged against the prosecution, per APM.