Ex-Starbucks CEO aims to oust Trump in 2020

Saul Bowman
January 29, 2019

Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO considering a run for president as an independent candidate, said he is "unfazed" by criticism that his bid may actually help President Donald Trump get re-elected.

Julian Castro, a former US housing official who launched a bid for the Democratic nomination earlier this month, told CNN he was anxious an Independent run by Schultz "would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected".

Schultz has described himself as a "lifelong Democrat" and even if he runs as an Independent, his socially liberal, fiscally conservative approach isn't going to draw as many potentially Republican votes as he seems to think.

The Seattle billionaire, 65, launches a tour Monday to promote his latest book, From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America. This has lots of Democrats freaking the fuck out because they're afraid he'll split the ticket and swing the election in Trump's favor.

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Welcome to the 2020 presidential race, Howard. "But what the Democrats are proposing is something that is as false as the wall", said Schultz as he compared President Trump's xenophobic border wall to a single-payer system, which polls show 7 in 10 Americans now support, including 84 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of Republicans. Additionally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Sen. The debt is predicted to swell dramatically under President Donald Trump's tax overhaul, which reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

In his "60 Minutes" interview, Schultz also said President Trump "is not qualified to be the president".

And Tina Podlodowski, the Democratic Party Chair in Washington state, said in a statement: "I have two words for Howard Schultz on a potential run for president as an independent: Just".

At the time, he also laid out a centrist vision for the USA, calling Trump's tax cut reckless and knocking "vitriolic behavior" from the White House.

It is unclear whether the former Starbucks chief will follow through on his potential plans to join the 2020 race or whether he will still try to run as a centrist independent. In 2016, Green candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson attracted hundreds of thousands of votes in states Trump won by slim margins, giving him the presidency in the electoral college despite defeat in the popular ballot.

The Democratic National Committee declined to address Schultz directly.

"I have seen enough data over many years to know that anyone running for POTUS as an independent will split the anti-incumbent, anti-Trump vote", Wolfson tweeted. "Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the 'smartest person.' Besides, America already has that!" Stiles said he believes Schultz could similarly inspire Americans to be more invested in the country's future. Bring me your ideas. Trump wrote on Twitter.

Schultz served as CEO of Starbucks until he stepped down in April 2017.

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