The former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, a billionaire, confirmed on Sunday he could run for president as a “centrist independent”.
Leading figures in the Democratic party slammed the “half-baked idea” and warned he could split the vote, handing the White House right back to Trump in 2020. (OMFG!)
Schultz responded to such concerns both on CBS on Sunday night and in telling Axios he knew he was “going to create hate, anger, disenfranchisement from friends, from Democrats” but was convinced he was doing the right thing.
(it’s a right thing all right, playing right into the hands of the rightwing)
“I am seriously thinking of running for president,” Schultz, 65, said in a CBS 60 Minutes interview trailing a book launch in New York on Monday. “I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system.”
Schultz said Trump – another rich businessman, but one who sought the nomination of an established party – “is not qualified to be the president”.
(But of course, Schultz’s giant ego says Schultz is)
Trump, an avid TV watcher, on Monday morning, taunted and baited Schultz to run. “Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for president!” he wrote on Twitter. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”
Third-party candidates remain a divisive issue. The role of Ralph Nader in the 2000 election won by George W Bush remains fiercely debated. 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.
Two other billionaires, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg have considered presidential runs. Steyer will not run, choosing to focus on his push for Trump’s impeachment. If Bloomberg runs it will be within the Democratic party.
On Sunday Julián Castro, the former housing secretary who is a declared candidate for the Democratic nomination told CNN’s State of the Union Schultz would “make an impression on the race” and said he was concerned “it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected”.
The people most favorably disposed to a Schultz presidential run are the ones who want to see Trump re-elected!
Matthew Gertz, a fellow at the nonprofit Media Matters for America, noted conservative enthusiasm for a Schultz run and wrote: “It should surprise no one that the people most favorably disposed to a Howard Schultz independent presidential run are the ones who want to see Trump re-elected.”
Edited from The Guardian
Well, we know this self-important idiot can expect lots of help from Trumps BFF Vladimir Putin