2020 Update: Klobuchar, World’s Worst Boss, Enters Race

Sen. Amy Klobuchar threw her hat into the 2020 race for president over the weekend. The Minnesota Democrat who has been in the U.S. Senate since 2007 joins a crowded field that already features four of her Senate colleagues, three of them women. The announcement at a snowy Minneapolis rally was tarnished after a week of former staffers coming forward to dish that Klobuchar was an emotionally abusive boss.

MEANWHILE, Sen. Cory Booker barnstormed in Iowa over the weekend. Comparing the Underground Railroad to a great infrastructure program, Booker tried to to portray himself as the rightful heir of the Obama throne.

AND, Sen. Elizabeth Warren used her first full day as a presidential candidate to insinuate that President Trump might be in the slammer before the 2020 election. “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person,” Warren told a crowd in Iowa.

LASTLY, Buzzfeed reports on exactly how horrible a boss Amy Klobuchar was to work for: 

That anger regularly left employees in tears, four former staffers said. She yelled, threw papers, and sometimes even hurled objects; one aide was accidentally hit with a flying binder, according to someone who saw it happen, though the staffer said the senator did not intend to hit anyone with the binder when she threw it. 

“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” said one former staffer. 

In the emails seen by BuzzFeed, often sent between 1 and 4 in the morning, Klobuchar regularly berated employees, often in all capital letters, over minor mistakes, misunderstandings, and misplaced commas. Klobuchar, in the emails, which were mostly sent over the past few years, referred to her staff’s work as “the worst in … years,” and “the worst in my life.”

Biden Leads By Double Digits In Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat candidate in the Iowa caucuses, just less than a year away. That’s according to a new poll of likely caucus attendees showing Biden with 29 percent support. The 76-year-old led California Sen. Kamala Harris by double digits, with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren rounding out the top four with 15 and 11 percent respectively. Biden hasn’t said he’s running, but last year declared himself “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

MEANWHILE another 2020 prospect, a campaign to draft “Beto” Robert Francis O’Rourke into running only garnered about half a dozen attendees at an event over the weekend. 

Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is apologizing to the Cherokee Nation for publicizing the results of her DNA test, an attempt to validate her claim to be partly Native American. Warren on Thursday called Bill John Baker, head of the Cherokee Nation, to issue the apology and confirm that she is not a citizen of the nation, or any other tribal nation. The apology comes after much criticism from the Cherokee people for Warren’s career-long claim to have Native American ancestry, a claim that she used to advance her career in politically correct academia.

Schultz Responds to Warren’s Anti-American Dream Attacks

Howard Schultz took down Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s attack on his billion-dollar wealth in a video response Wednesday. Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO and prospective independent candidate for the White House, said he grew up poor in Brooklyn, but worked his way up the ladder to become a successful CEO. That’s the American Dream, he said. Both parties have failed to provide the leadership America needs, he said.

Warren Signs No-Fossil-Fuel-Cash Pledge

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is staking out her turf on the far left by signing on to a pledge not to accept any campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. Warren, a likely 2020 contender for the Dem nomination for president, adds to her list of ultra-liberal positions that includes legalizing pot, raising taxes, expanding “affordable housing,” and destroying the economy with green energy pledges.

Sanders/Warren Warren/Sanders

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders met at Warren’s DC condo Wednesday night to talk about their respective 2020 presidential ambitions. Insiders say just the two met, without aides or support staff. No word on the agenda, other than to continue what has reportedly been an open and candid relationship between the two northeastern, socialist Senators. Both have expressed presidential ambitions for 2020, and both seem to still be in the running. 

Liberal Senators Under Fire For Confirmation Circus Fundraising

Two big time lefty senators are in trouble for their fundraising in the midst of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation circus. California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren essentially tried selling their votes on the confirmation by sending fundraising solicitations to support their “no” vote—prior to actually voting against the confirmation. That amounts to vote selling, according to a complaint filed by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. Senate rules prohibit Senators from cashing in on their positions, and FACT, the group suing, says linking a promise of official action with campaign cash is a clear violation.

—QUOTABLE: “This is a clear violation of the Senate Ethics rules which safeguard against the appearance or actuality of elected officials ‘cashing in’ on their official position for political purposes.” -Kendra Arnold, FACT executive director

McCaskill Distances Herself From “Crazy Democrats”

Embattled Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is keeping her fellow Democrats at arms’ length. McCaskill, in a white-knuckles race to hold on to her seat against Republican challenger Josh Hawley, explained what she meant by a recent comment that she doesn’t side with “crazy Democrats.” Those are the ones who mob people in restaurants, scream in peoples’ faces, and basically do what good left-wing activists do these days. She was also a bit critical of fellow Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, with whom McCaskill said she disagrees “on a bunch of stuff.”

—QUOTABLE: “The crazy Democrats are people who walk in restaurants and scream in elected officials faces…We have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump. That’s a crazy Democrat.” -McCaskill

Warren DNA Stunt Backfired

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s genealogy stunt has officially backfired. She became the butt of many-a “Pocahontas” joke on Tuesday after she paraded around with a DNA test showing she has between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American blood, or 0.09 to 1.5 percent. Problem is, that’s about the same as the average U.S. white person. Warren has claimed throughout her career as a law professor and Massachusetts senator that she has Cherokee ancestry—and she used it to get ahead in politically correct academia. She took heat from both sides, but perhaps most critical was the Cherokee Nation, which accused Warren of “undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

—QUOTABLE: “Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public.” -President Trump in a tweet

Globe Botches Warren Story

The Boston Globe was forced to correct its big story about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test right out of the gate. The genealogy test found that there’s “strong evidence” Warren had a Native American ancestor between six and ten generations ago, and the Globe had an exclusive. But the paper miscalculated the amount of Indian in her, originally saying it’s between 1/32nd and 1/512th. But they botched the math—it should be 1/1024th, making Warren somewhere between .09 and 3 percent Native American.

Trump Dismisses Warren DNA Test

“Who cares?” That was President Trump’s reaction to the news that Sen. Elizabeth Warren got her genealogy results back. Trump has mocked Warren as “Pocahontas” for claiming Native American ancestry to help advance her career at politically correct Harvard. The test shows that Warren has between 1/32nd and 1/1024th Indian DNA, which she claimed vindicates her. That would put Trump on the hook for giving a million dollars to the charity of Warren’s choice after he dared her to take the test, but the president brushed that off, saying he never said that, adding he hopes “Pocahontas” runs for president.

—QUOTABLE: “She will destroy the country. She will make our country into Venezuela…With that being said I don’t want to say bad things about her because I hope she would be one of the people that would get through the process. Going to be a long process for the Democrats.”

Celebs, Angry Mob Seize Senate Building

Protesters led by celebrities took over a senate office building on Thursday. Actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski led an enraged mob opposed to Brett Kavanaugh as they shouted “We believe Christine Ford!” The throng was addressed by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren before some 300 protesters were arrested by U.S. Capitol police. The protesters in part were furious about the newly released FBI background investigation, which Democrats insist is shoddy and incomplete.