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Democrats Threaten Boycott of Starbucks Over Schultz 2020 Run
In a hilarious turn of events Democrats are threatening to boycott Starbucks over its ex-CEO’s decision to potentially run in 2020 as an independent, the Daily Mail is reporting:
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg fired a warning shot in the direction of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Monday, saying he shouldn’t mount an independent campaign for president because he could prevent the Democratic Party from defeating President Donald Trump in 2020.
Third-party White House runs tend to peel votes away from major-party candidates, splitting the support from one side in a way that benefits the other.
Democratic activists have begun to openly suggest boycotting Starbucks, a company in which Schultz maintains significant ownership, until he commits that he won’t disrupt the Democrats’ chances to unify behind a single anti-Trump challenger.
What’s extra funny about this of course is that liberals love Starbucks and Starbucks loves liberals. Even better Howard Schultz no longer runs Starbucks.
Bloomberg also has an ulterior motive for attacking Schultz:
Bloomberg himself toyed with an independent presidential campaign in 2008 and 2016. He is now 76 years old and says he will run in the Democratic primary if he decides to enter the 2020 field.
‘I faced exactly the same decision now facing others who are considering it,’ he said in a statement Monday. ‘The data was very clear and very consistent. Given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win.’
‘In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President. That’s a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can’t afford to run it now,’ he added.
‘We must remain united, and we must not allow any candidate to divide or fracture us. The stakes couldn’t be higher.’
Schultz thinks enough people are frustrated with the two party system that there’s a real opportunity for an independent, while Democrats are worried he’d be a spoiler and help re-elect Trump:
‘I believe that lifelong Democrats and lifelong Republicans are looking for a home,’ he told Axios on Sunday night, while acknowledging that talk of a vote-splitting campaign ‘is going to create hate, anger, disenfranchisement from friends, from Democrats.’
The prospect of Schultz, 56, unintentionally playing a spoiler role and helping Trump stay in office isn’t sitting well with would-be Starbucks boycotters.
Grab some popcorn, this is going to be fun as a champion of the left gets eaten by the left.
Best guess is when Schultz is faced with the enormous cost of running combined with the very real obstacles to a third party candidacy, he won’t run.
President Trump also believes this:
Donald J. Trump
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!
Of course Trump could just be trying to egg Schultz on.
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