Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is promoting a new book, seemingly reading the Tazo tea leaves, and testing the Ethos-branded waters for a presidential run (something people are less likely to ask for than that tree-tasting juniper latte). "I thought that was the American dream, the aspiration of America", said Schultz. She said "Billionaires like Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg want to keep a rigged system in place that benefits only them and their buddies".
"I don't believe the country should be heading to socialism", Schultz said.
"Majority Report" host Sam Seder said Schultz didn't "get to be king just because he's so rich", and liberal MSNBC analyst Karine Jean-Pierre said his actions were "very dangerous" and "we can not allow this to happen". "First of all, he's got a tattoo of Richard Nixon's face on his back".
As for whether or not his possible independent run could position him as a spoiler candidate, helping President Trump to win another term, Schultz cited the "silent majority of Americans" who might vote for him.
"Watch every Democrat go to those states and have to be disingenuous and probably make a false promise... just to be able to get elected in the primary in those states", Schultz said.
Smerconish continued by saying that Americans should be more supportive of a self-made man like Schultz who could end up representing the country's independent-minded voters. What's next? What industry are we going to abolish next? When CBS "60 Minutes" anchor Anderson Cooper described her plan as "radical" in a January 4 interview, Ocasio-Cortez responded, "I think that it only has ever been radicals that have changed this country".
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"I am seriously thinking of running for president".
"I think he's being realistic".
"If President Trump runs against a far left progressive Democrat... who is suggesting 60-70% taxes increases on the rich and is suggesting a health care system we can't pay for, President Trump is going to be re-elected".
Democratic outrage over Schultz indicates they fear that he'd pull more from their constituency than from Republicans.
"It tells you way more about what white male billionaires think about themselves - that they should be in charge".
Schultz's tweet appears to have been deleted on Wednesday evening.