Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) gave a very odd interview to MSNBC Thursday evening. Klobuchar, who once threw her hat into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary ring very unsuccessfully, apparently thought she was a shoo-in to be former vice president Joe Biden’s VP pick. Whether or not Klobuchar’s confidence had any merit, she has thrown herself on the proverbial sword to a “woman of color.”
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
“You know Lawrence, I have never as you probably know, on many many shows, um, since I endorsed the vice president on that joyful night in Dallas. I’ve never commented on this process at all” Klobuchar told host Lawrence O’Donnell. “Um but, let me tell you this after uh what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country. This is a historic moment and America must seize on this moment” she added.
The moment to seize on she is referring to is the unrest over treatment of black people in America. Her solution? “I truly believe, uh as I actually told the vice president last night, uh when I called him, uh that I think this is a moment, uh, to put a woman of color on that ticket.” How very noble of her. Is this her form of charity? “And there are so many incredibly qualified women, um, but if you want to heal this nation right now, my party yes, but our nation, uh, this is sure a hell of a way to do it. Um, and that’s just what I think after being through this in my state” she added.
The “this” being the unrest after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. One African American woman responded to @MSNBC’s tweet of Klobuchar’s interview, “If in a million years I was ever running for President, I would find it quite patronizing that white candidates were dropping out to have me win just because of my color.” It’s even more insulting when Klobuchar is “dropping out” from something she likely was never in, in the first place.
How do we know? Easy, Biden himself said in an MSNBC interview May 29th, “I have already said my Cabinet will be full of people of – women of color, men and women of color. And I also already said that there are women of color under consideration.” As for his vice president pick, he said the color of their skin “is not the only criteria to determine who will be the vice president of the United States of America that I’ll choose as a running mate. It is just the beginning, the process. I guarantee you, there are more – there’s more than one – there’s more than one African American woman being considered for vice president.”
Those comments came less than a week after Biden was on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club” with host Charlamagne the God, during which he told the host who is African American, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”