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Over the past few weeks, Senator Amy Klobuchar has positioned herself as a leading candidate in the race for Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. But the growing unrest in her home state of Minnesota in response to the death of an unarmed black man by a white policeman – and the rechecking of her record as chief prosecutor in the state’s largest county – appears to be severely hampered by her ambition, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate To be a party.

“Dizzying,” said a campaign advisor in a one-word text, describing Klobuchar’s decline in the ranking of potential running companions.

The Senator’s decline for three terms was so rapid that a digital event scheduled for Friday in Minnesota with Dr. Jill Biden and coronavirus first responders have been hired, “partly because we have to avoid them, according to a source familiar with the campaign’s considerations. ”

According to a Biden campaign official, all of Dr. Biden canceled on Friday, “because of the tragic murder of George Floyd and the events that followed,” and the “decision had nothing to do with the fundraiser Dr. Biden was supposed to take with Senator Klobuchar.”

Still, the top personalities in Bidenworld couldn’t help but point to the convergence of events in Minnesota at a crucial moment for Klobuchar. “This is a very difficult timing for Amy Klobuchar, which I respect so much,” said Jim Clyburn (DS.C.), who has contributed significantly to Biden’s victory in the first elementary school in the south, in a phone call to reporters on Friday , the Los Angeles times reported. “The timing is difficult.”

The death of George Floyd – a 46-year-old black man who appeared to suffocate when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee against Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes – has sparked days of protests in the twin cities that Chauvin and three other policemen released since then are charged with Floyd’s death. On Thursday evening, demonstrators set fire to a police station while singing “I cannot breathe”. Floyd said the same words repeatedly when Chauvin knelt on the back of his neck as a viewer recorded the episode on her phone. On Friday, Chauvin was charged with murder and third-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.

When the Governor of Minnesota called on the National Guard to quell the uprising and President Donald Trump called for the “shooting” of looters who damaged private property during the protests, criminal justice lawyers pointed to Klobuchar’s seven-year tenure as Hennepin District attorney when she said refused to indict numerous police officers accused of police brutality. Instead, she preferred to use large juries to weigh up charges, a process that usually obscured the process and tended to favor the police.

The recent rage on Klobuchar focused on the shooting of a civilian Chauvin was involved in October 2006, months before Klobuchar would leave Hennepin District law firm for the US Senate. Progressives seized reports on social media Thursday evening that Klobuchar refused to prosecute Chauvin in the case. Her successor, Mike Freeman, made a statement on Friday that he, not Klobuchar, was responsible for Chauvin’s law enforcement, resulting in a large jury refusing to indict the official.

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Klobuchar, who appeared on MSNBC on Friday, struck back against these reports and said, “The idea that I somehow rejected a case that was reported in some news blogs and then posted on the Internet against this officer is absolutely wrong.” She also resisted questions from Andrea Mitchell as to whether to exit the Vice President’s nod competition. “This is Joe Biden’s decision,” said Klobuchar. “He will make this decision. He will decide who to consider. “

Klobuchar has been practically considered since she left the democratic nomination race and supported Biden in early March. This approval triggered a merger behind the former vice president of almost all of his former rivals for the nomination, and helped Biden regain top spot after a series of blistering losses in early-voting states. He openly attributed Klobuchar his surprise win in Minnesota’s area code. Since then, Klobuchar has been a visible replacement for Biden’s campaign, running millions of dollars in fundraisers and appearing regularly with other campaign replacement members.

Those eagerly awaiting Biden’s decision – especially the Color Democrats – clearly see the Minnesota riots as the strongest possible companion for the former Vice President in Klobuchar’s case. “I think the past few days have brought some more complications to a potential Amy Klobuchar election,” said Antjuan Seawright, a South Carolina democratic strategist. “The events that take place around us also tend to fertilize the soil more so that an African-American woman can be planted and cared for as a vice president.”

“I don’t think we can really afford to have divisions or confusion, anger or frustration within the party,” said Seawright.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of the Color of Change civil rights group, criticized Klobuchar’s record when she ran. He did not say that Klobuchar should not be considered a candidate, but told The Daily Beast that her statements this week about her police brutality prosecution records were “far too cute” and “at a time when we were Prosecutors know that responsibility seemed to avoid doing their job. ”

“Looking us in the eye and pretending we don’t know what’s going on,” said Robinson, “is a disappointment.”

Meanwhile, Jill Biden appeared on a Friday afternoon “Women for Biden” fundraiser alongside Rep. Val Demings of Florida, a former Orlando chief of police, and another candidate for the vice president slot. Demings, a favorite of Jill Biden, who was increasingly mentioned as a potential running mate, said during the event that the nation’s police officers “must take us as law enforcement agencies seriously not just in Minnesota but across the country”.

Perhaps Klobuchar’s biggest weakness as a presidential candidate – and as a vice presidential candidate – is due to her inability to reach and win color pickers.

The years of the senator as a prosecutor in the 1990s and 2000s have had a major impact on this struggle, as a result of examining her documents, she found that a democratic primary electorate, more attuned to racial and criminal justice issues than ever, has little to like.

These issues literally underscored Klobuchar’s presidential offer: the day before they left the race on March 1, demonstrators overran a rally in Twin Cities for their election campaign when they sang for justice for a man named Myron Burrell. In 2003, Burrell – a teenager charged with murder – was aggressively persecuted by Klobuchar’s office and sentenced to life in prison. However, an Associated Press investigation in February found that the Burrell case was based on shaky evidence. After the story became known, the Hennepin District law firm began a review process – supported by Klobuchar – but the unveiling outraged advocates of criminal justice reform, some of which urged the senator to drop out of the president’s race.

During her one-year presidential bid, Klobuchar often explained these aspects of her files and tried to convince democratic voters that she would do things differently now. However, this did not result in increased support from black voters: A Washington Post / Ipsos poll in January found that 62 percent of black Democratic primary voters did not know who Klobuchar was or disagreed with. The amount of support she received from black voters was represented by an asterisk – not measurable.

In South Carolina, the barometer of the primary level of black support, Klobuchar achieved 3.2 percent of the total vote, lagging behind the top candidates. Exit polls showed that only 1 percent of black voters, who made up more than half of the primary voters, supported Klobuchar.

In response to the riots in Minnesota, a low point even in the long history of racial tension in her home state, Klobuchar was revived by criticism of her balance sheet and her previous contact with color pickers.

The senator’s reaction to Floyd’s murder was quick: she called for an investigation and said, “Justice must be served for this man, justice must be served for our community, and justice must be served for our country.” However, it has been criticized by activists for the wording of the statement. For example, it was not explicitly stated that he was killed by a police officer.

On MSNBC Friday from Minneapolis, Klobuchar was more direct. “Anyone who has seen this video of George Floyd’s life, literally evaporated before our eyes as he tries to breathe while this policeman has a knee on his neck, is something that gets in everyone’s head and in everyone’s head our country is engraved, “she said.

In this interview, Klobuchar also attempted to note that she was involved with civil rights representatives in Minneapolis on the spot, noting Rev. Al Sharpton in particular to help reach the black community. The New York Times reported that the NAACP chief in Minneapolis, who had asked Klobuchar to end the president’s race over the Burrell news, received a surprising call from the senator to discuss Floyd’s death.

Biden was of course pressured by progressive groups and minorities to choose a colored person as his fellow campaigner, which shows how important color pickers – a core part of the Democratic Party – are for Biden’s chances of defeating Trump in November. Biden, Color of Change’s Robinson said, “must explain to the public why he thought Sen. Klobuchar was the best candidate at the moment” to run with him if he continued to consider them.

In live streams on Friday, the person who Klobuchar said will make the final decision about their future on the ticket will tell viewers that the Minneapolis riots “will oblige those of us in positions of influence.” to finally deal with the abuse of power. ”

“With our complacency, with our silence, we are complicit in continuing these cycles of violence,” said Biden. “None of this will be easy or convenient. But if we just scrape this wound again without treating the underlying injury, we will never really heal. “

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