Howard Schultz, the former CEO of coffee giant Starbucks, recently shocked liberals by announcing that he is strongly considering a 2020 presidential run as an Independent, citing the far-left shift in the Democratic Party.
Schultz strongly implied that the policies newly elected young Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, specifically her proposed massive hike on personal income tax, left him feeling alienated as a former Democrat, and thusly considering an Independent run.
“I no longer feel affiliated [with the Democrat Party] because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans,” said Schultz, adding, “I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America.”
The former coffee CEO added, “I believe that if I ran as a Democrat, I would have to say things that I know in my heart I do not believe, and I would have to be disingenuous.”
As 2020 rapidly approaches, Democrats have begun desperately scrambling to settle on a candidate to oppose President Trump, and reacted in horror and outrage as Schultz made his announcement – with many vowing boycotts of Starbucks, should he attempt to run.
With the 2020 arena already crowded with the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and possible candidacies from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden, the Starbucks CEO’s campaign has the badly-fractured Democratic Party appearing terrified.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz revealed Monday night that he will most likely run as an independent in the 2020 presidential election. That’s because the far-Left policies of those such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have driven him away from the Democratic Party, he says.
Schultz (pictured above left), stoked 2020 speculation when he stepped down from his CEO position in December 2016 and relinquished his spot as the company’s executive chairman in June 2018.
Schultz confirmed this speculation in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” when he announced that he is “seriously thinking of running for president.”
Although he’s a self-described “lifelong Democrat,” Schultz shocked and angered many Democrats when he said that if he ran, he would run as an independent — not a Democrat.
Many felt Schultz would guarantee President Donald Trump’s re-election if he ran as an independent — and split the Democrats’ vote.
But Schultz told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin on Monday he could not run as a Democrat because of the leftward lurch the party’s taken recently.
“I respect the Democratic Party,” Schultz said. “I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know [that] their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America.”
Schultz was apparently referring to the 70 percent marginal tax rate on those who make more than $10 million that Ocasio-Cortez (above right) has called for implementing.
“The way I’ve come to this decision is, I believe that if I ran as a Democrat, I would have to say things that I know in my heart I do not believe, and I would have to be disingenuous,” Schultz said.