Obviously worried that his candidacy could strip votes away from the Democrat Party’s eventual nominee, ‘progressives’ are threatening to boycott Starbucks coffee shops until the chain’s former CEO, Howard Schultz, abandons his bid for the White House.
Schulz announced via Twitter on Sunday that he was considering a run as an “independent centrist.”
“I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent,” Schultz, 65, tweeted. “This moment is like no other. Our two parties are more divided than ever. Letâ€™s discuss how we can come together to create opportunities for more people.”
I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019
The tweet coincided with a prerecorded CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in which Schultz claimed that both parties were failing the country.
“I look at both parties. We see extremes on both sides. Well, we are sitting today with approximately $21.5 trillion of debt, which is a reckless example, not only of Republicans, but of Democrats as well, as a reckless failure of their constitutional responsibility,” Schultz told 60 Minutes.
“I want to see the American people win. I want to see America win. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, independent, libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas. And I will be an independent person who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party,” he added.
But there are clear reasons why Democrats are worried his candidacy would siphon votes away from their eventual candidate: Many of his policies are distinctly Leftist/liberal.
During his interview, Schultz was critical of POTUS Donald Trump’s (and Democrats’ previous support) quest to build new border walls and barriers along high-trafficking corridors along the U.S.-Mexico border.
He also criticized the president for withdrawing from the Paris Accords, the climate change pact that triggered the Yellow Vest movement in France after President Emmanuel Macron attempted to impose new, higher fuel taxes as a way to finance the agreement. And he did not support the GOP tax cuts.
However, he did criticize the Democrats’ “Medicare-for-all” socialized healthcare approach, saying “free health care for all” is something “the country cannot afford.”
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said over the weekend Schultz’s candidacy would “make it easier for @realDonaldTrump to win.”
ThinkProgress editor Ian Millhiser encouraged major candidates on Sunday to “use their email lists to promote a Starbucks boycott” until Schultz leaves the race.
Neera Tanden, president of Center for American Progress, backed the boycott idea on Saturday, saying she would help organize one.
“Vanity projects that help destroy democracy are disgusting. If he enters the race, I will start a Starbucks boycott because Iâ€™m not giving a penny that will end up in the election coffers of a guy who will help Trump win,” she wrote.
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Even so-called ‘unbiased’ mainstream journalists were on board with a Starbucks boycott, indicating clearly their support for the eventual Democrat candidate, whoever it is. That included Aaron Blake, senior political reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post.
“There is going to be a Starbucks boycott isn’t there?” he tweeted.
Schulz stepped down as CEO of Starbucks in 2018. He is, however, the company’s largest shareholder.
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