Schultz heckled, called profanity at event day after announcing possible 2020 bid

Minnie Murray
January 30, 2019

Schultz is facing backlash from both establishment Democrats and the wider left-wing camp after he told 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley on Sunday that he was "seriously thinking of running for president as a centrist independent". Last summer, reports said that Bloomberg, 76, was also considering running for president in 2020, although he previously told associates that if he were to to do so, he would likely run as a Democrat. I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!'

Mr Schultz, 65, who built the coffee chain into a global franchise before stepping down as executive chairman last summer, said in a television interview due to be broadcast last night that President Trump was unfit for office, and that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans were properly serving the people.

"In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President", Bloomberg said. "I've had undergrad students with a more compelling platform than Schultz offered tonight".

"He should know better", said a Democratic operative.

"We are sitting today with approximately $21.5 trillion of debt", Schultz said.

In Sunday's "60 Minutes" interview, Schultz repeatedly criticized Trump for his lack of qualifications. I am an example of this maxim, as I have been a registered independent since 2008, yet I approach the 2020 Democratic Primary wondering how on Earth I could ever come to support anyone other than Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.

"We can not know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world", Schultz wrote at the time.


About one week ago, Podlodowski discussed Schutlz's potential presidential run saying "Just". Some Republicans believe Perot cost former President George H.W. Bush the presidency in 1992 by making President Bill Clinton's path to the White House easier.

Democrats immediately urged Schultz to think again, saying he would take votes away from the Democratic Party nominee.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has not proposed a 70 percent income tax, but she does want to raise the marginal tax rate to 70 percent for those Americans who make more than $10 million a year.

While Starbucks is ubiquitous, Schultz himself is not as well known to voters.

But at his first book tour event on Monday, the animosity some have towards a Schultz run was readily apparent. The decision was one of the strongest rebukes at the time against a Trump order suspending admission of refugees into the USA and barring citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries.

He spent more than three decades building Starbucks into one of America's most important companies, but has always taken an unconventional and socially conscious approach toward being a CEO. More recently, Schultz enlisted baristas to write "Race Together" on cups to spur a national conversation on race, a move that was widely mocked on social media.

Schultz, who was raised in Brooklyn public housing projects and is now worth more than $3 billion, called that idea "un-American" and said the word "billionaire" has become a "catchphrase".

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