Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, a recovering moderate, shared with reporters on Friday that she now opposes making The English language the official language of the United States. While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Nevada, a place where Spanish people now comprise the primary constituency, the Minnesota senator disavowed a decade-old vote she cast that may have reversed an executive order agreed upon by President Bill Clinton seeking materials utilized by government organizations to be released in different languages aside from English. Klobuchar aimed to explain her about-face on the matter while discussing exclusively in English.
“I think that when you look at a state like this state, and a country like ours that is so diverse, you don't want to have that provision in law because then it would be tough to have, say, government documents and other things translated into other languages,” Klobuchar informed reporters. “So that is not a position I take. I did vote that way, but way back then, along with many other people.”
Of course, the difficulty depends on having everybody speaking a different dialect all the time and a general inability to understand what someone else says. In a country already heavily divided, should we really be targeting the English language, the one great force we have now left for national unity? Klobuchar is now willing to give it up if this means winning the party's nomination.
The senator is currently dealing with Pete Buttigieg for the help and support of Hispanics and African Americans support; therefore she has to change any moderate positions she could have previously held regarding immigration. As the Associated Press notes, Buttigieg recently knocked Klobuchar at a Hispanic forum for another one of the senator's earlier votes, that one to ensure Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs as well as Border Protection. Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) both voted against his confirmation.
Klobuchar defended her vote, informing the Associated Press that she “vehemently” disagrees with the border policies of the Trump administration and claimed Obama authorities and other Democrats had suggested McAleenan for the position.
As polls present, American citizens overwhelmingly support making English the official language of the United States.