He’s liberal, but he’s not buying Democrat socialism, so his independent run presents a threat to uniting the left against Trump.
For two solid years, Democrats and their media allies have called Trump a threat to Democracy.
Now many of the same people are in full meltdown mode and are even threatening boycotts of Starbucks because a successful businessman might run as an independent, which they believe will hurt their chances.
Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News:
The Democratic Party’s public enemy No. 1: Howard Schultz
He’s only been in the 2020 presidential fray for two days, but Howard Schultz has already accomplished the near-impossible: He’s united the Democratic Party.
Everyone even loosely affiliated with the party, from billionaire centrist Michael Bloomberg to the hard lefties at Justice Democrats, has paused their ideological infighting to join together in open season on the coffee mogul and his potential independent presidential bid.
The hostility is prompted by a fear that Schultz, the ex-Starbucks CEO, would split the anti-Trump vote and get the president re-elected. The threat might be overblown, but the fear and anger is real, especially since Trump himself reportedly sees Schultz as an asset to his campaign.
“We are focused on defeating Donald Trump, and anyone who shares that goal should vote for the Democrat nominee in 2020,” said Democratic National Committee spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa.
One of the other reasons Democrats don’t like Schultz is because he is one of them, but doesn’t share their desire to lurch to the left. As a result, he reminds voters just how far Democrats have drifted as a party and they don’t like that.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to know where he gets the nerve. Jenna Amatulli writes at the Huffington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Back At Howard Schultz After He Scorns Her Tax Plan
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded on Wednesday to criticism of her tax proposal by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz with this sharp question: “Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first’?”
Schultz, who has never held elective office, announced this past Sunday that he is “seriously considering” a 2020 run for president.
Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to “work their way up” or that “maybe they should start with city council first”? https://t.co/3d8Nenrvl5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019
Schultz appeared on Morning Joe on Wednesday. Joe and Mika decided to ask him how much a box of Cheerios costs, in a blatant attempt to paint him as out of touch with average people. The Week reports:
Howard Schultz has no idea how much a box of Cheerios costs
Howard Schultz is apparently more of a reduced-fat turkey bacon and cage-free egg white breakfast sandwich kind of guy.
The ex-Starbucks CEO announced his probable presidential ambitions on Sunday, and appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday to discuss the widespread backlash he’s received to his “centrist independent” affiliation ever since. Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough promptly served Schultz some rapid-fire questions, including one intended to prove how well the billionaire relates to the average American.
“How much does an 18-ounce box of Cheerios cost?” Brzezinski asked. “I don’t know, I don’t eat Cheerios,” Schultz reasonably responded. Brzezinski let him know it’s “four bucks,” just a bit less than one bowl of hearty blueberry oatmeal at Starbucks.
Here’s the video:
There are also never-Trump conservatives who are losing their minds over this:
I swear, if this clown ends up putting Trump back in the Oval, I’m going full anti-billionaire socialist and never drinking coffee again from anywhere https://t.co/1rr3tbVKbK
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) January 31, 2019
This treatment of Schultz is a warning to anyone who might stand in their way of defeating Trump. The Green party better nominate someone with a very thick skin in 2020. They’re going to need it.
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