Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) met with Culinary Union members in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday night during the CNN town hall for her opponents. The Culinary Union is made up of the over 60,000 hotel housekeepers, bartenders, restaurant and casino workers, and others who make up the backbone of the entire city. Many members are Spanish-speaking and people of color, yet it was still puzzling why Klobuchar began her speech with a bizarre anecdote.
According to Culinary members and reporters present, she began by saying, "My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena."
Amy Klobuchar opened the Culinary Union forum by saying: “My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth grade Spanish th… https://t.co/WleI6S8MLt— aída chávez (@aída chávez)1582077281.0
omg its real. it's 100% real!!!! https://t.co/CZFeCUOWq1 https://t.co/2pwXoXdi40— Brett Banditelli is not getting enough rest (@Brett Banditelli is not getting enough rest)1582077991.0
Sometimes in foreign language classes, students will take on a name that is from the culture of the language they are learning.
But saying it as an opener to a political conversation to relate to Spanish-speaking people was something that took some by surprise.
You can see the criticism below:
Klobuchar says that in elementary school Spanish class her name was “Elena” because she couldn’t roll her r’s” https://t.co/0ib8sWKD9Q— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@Caitlin Huey-Burns)1582077417.0
aside from the absurdity of this comment, Amy Klobuchar, an elected US Senator, remembers her name from 4th-grade S… https://t.co/A7WCDJ08dH— Megan Newsome (@Megan Newsome)1582080284.0
If we're all talking tomorrow about Klobuchar's name in fourth grade Spanish instead of Bloomberg's transphobic rem… https://t.co/zXs8Gxm8x4— Ryan Thoreson (@Ryan Thoreson)1582080247.0
It’s funny enough when white Americans with rudimentary Spanish racistly assume that their Spanish skills exceed th… https://t.co/DNzb0MyU24— cw: weed mention (@cw: weed mention)1582079266.0
@maramcewin Klobuchar ouchea trying to bond with Nevadans by citing her name from 4th grade Spanish class— Bijan C. Bayne (@Bijan C. Bayne)1582081029.0
“And klobuchar is actually a Spanish transitive verb meaning to force connections. ‘klobucho en todos...’” https://t.co/MzcBPjwgha— Craig “wear a mask!” Phillips (@Craig “wear a mask!” Phillips)1582080722.0
amy klobuchar's google search history: "how do you say i'd like to see how your hair would fare in a blizzard in sp… https://t.co/dBWaWgKmde— SB (@SB)1582080383.0
Just so people are clear, the people she's slowing down and enunciating the name "AMY" to ARE FLUENT IN MORE LANGUA… https://t.co/wjfC4QvGoV— Brett Banditelli is not getting enough rest (@Brett Banditelli is not getting enough rest)1582079275.0