Election 2020: Starbucks tycoon Howard Schultz had barely gotten the words out of his mouth about a possible independent bid for president before an angry Democratic mob descended on him. He should ignore them.
It’s a “pathetic vanity project,” one said. Others threatened to boycott Starbucks. Neera Tanden, head of the left-wing Center for American Progress, called the prospect of Schultz’s running “disgusting” and said it will “help destroy democracy.” Former Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said if Schultz runs it would put him at the top of the “all-time list of villains.”
When Schultz returned home to Seattle, protestors greeted him with signs like “Grande ego. Venti mistake,” and “Compost your campaign.”
At a book signing event, someone in the audience shouted “Don’t help elect Trump, you egotistical, billionaire a**hole!”
Now David Brock, the sleazy pro-Clinton operator who runs various left-wing groups funded by George Soros, is peddling opposition research on Schultz to the press. The complaints include how his foundation spends its money and past settlements Starbucks made with employees.
Brock’s super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, “is mounting an offensive against Schultz, whom many Democrats see as a threat to potentially siphon votes away from the party’s nominee in 2020,” noted CNBC this week. A spokesman for the PAC called Schultz “another arrogant billionaire who takes advantage of anyone he can, just like the man currently sitting in the Oval Office.”
Advisors said that the ferocity of these attacks took Schultz by surprise. They shouldn’t have. This is standard operating procedure for today’s Democrats.
So far at least, the attempt to bully him from the stage hasn’t deterred him. He’s even showing some Trump-esque spine when it comes to responding to attacks.
Last week he told Fox News: “I think the Democrats need a little bit less caffeine right now … I think the whole thing is just an overreaction in 24 hours.”
When Elizabeth Warren complained Schultz only wanted to run “to keep a rigged system in place,” Schultz shot back, saying “I find that so offensive.”
“First of all,” he said, “Elizabeth Warren doesn’t know me. I mean I started from nothing. I’m self-made. Isn’t that the promise of America that regardless of your station in life or where you come from that you can be successful in this country?”
Then for good measure he noted how Warren “a number of years ago knocked on my door and asked me for money when she was running for the Senate.”
Democrats say they’re worried that a Howard Schultz candidacy will siphon moderate voters away from the Democratic presidential candidate, and guarantee a Trump reelection victory. To them, that’s tantamount to treason.
Of course, Democrats have no idea that this would happen. As poll watcher Nate Silver explains in depth on his FiveThirtyEight site, a Schultz campaign could just as easily divide the Trump vote as the anti-Trump vote.
He notes that Schultz’s fiscal conservatism and social liberalism appealed to many Trump voters in 2016. As a result, “the effect of a Schultz-like candidacy is less predictable than what the pundits are telling you.”
There’s another reason why Democrats are so desperate to keep Howard Schultz off the stage. He exposes just how far to the left the Democratic Party has drifted over the years.
Case in point is the ridiculous Green New Deal that the party’s leaders are now embracing, which would essentially hand control of the entire economy over to government.
Schultz, to his credit, hasn’t been shy about criticizing the Democrats’ embrace of the far left. When Kamala Harris admitted that “Medicare for All” would outlaw private health insurance, Schultz responded: “That’s not American. What’s next? What industry are we going to abolish next? The coffee industry?”
He called Warren’s “wealth tax” idea “ridiculous,” saying, “You can’t just attack these things in a punitive way by punishing people.”
He blasted all the promises of free stuff now coming from Democrats. “Free Medicare-for-all, government-paid free college for all — first of all, there’s no free. I mean nothing is free.”
No wonder they don’t want him around. Common sense has no place in today’s Democratic Party.
None of this is meant to say that we support Schultz’s policy proposals, such as they are. But the Democrats’ frantic attempts to intimidate him into staying at home are, we dare say, also “not American.”
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