Howard Schultz, billionaire and former CEO of Starbucks, announced this week that he is “seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.”
I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019
Schultz, a longtime critic of President Trump and self-described “lifelong Democrat,” told CBS’ 60 Minutes that he will run as an independent because, “both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics.”
Many Democratic critics say Schultz’ possible third party run, like Ralph Nader and Jill Stein before him, could siphon votes away from a Democratic nominee and ultimately help re-elect Donald Trump. To this, Schultz says, “I wanna see the American people win. I wanna see America win.”
Schultz’ announcement has spawned a wealth of Starbucks puns on Twitter urging the former CEO not to do it.
This would be a venti mistake, my dude
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 28, 2019
Nobody wants this crappuccino
— Jesus Christ (@SonOfGodAndMan) January 28, 2019
Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
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