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Sen. Klobuchar Says Lawmakers Won’t Collaborate Because They’re ‘Afraid of Pissing Off’ Trump

At a time when political divisions appear more stark than ever, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said bipartisanship is going to require lawmakers to get tough.

During a Sunday morning Meet the Press appearance, the politician told Chuck Todd her colleagues would do well to follow in Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) footsteps, and stop kowtowing to intimidation from ardent party loyalists at the expense of cooperation.

We have to see more of it,” Klobuchar said of teamwork in Washington. “When people are afraid of pissing off President Trump and so they won’t work with us, that’s a problem. People are going to have to rise to the occasion.

Klobuchar cited a handful of instances in which she collaborated with Republican lawmakers, including McCain himself.

“I worked with Senator McCain on bringing down the cost of farmer prices, bringing in drugs from other countries,” she recalled. “There are other Republicans on that bill. And I hope that someone else will come and take the lead.”

While McCain’s funeral and its list of invitees, which represented both sides of the aisle, evoked remembrances of a less acrimonious Washington, Todd suggested it might have been “a memorial service for another era of politics.”

Watch the clip above via NBC.

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