I defy you to listen to this entire interview without nodding off.
I watched this right after I woke up this morning, and even with a full mug of piping hot coffee I damned near slipped into a coma.
The guy has literally NOTHING of substance to offer and he offers it in a monotone that could tranquilize a water buffalo.
Here was Elizabeth Warren’s take on his possible candidacy.
Courtesy of TPM:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a shot Tuesday at former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s chances of mounting a serious presidential campaign, the latest salvo in a budding feud between the progressive senator and her potential 2020 rival.
“We have a billionaire who says he wants to jump into the race and the first issue he’s raised is ‘no new taxes on billionaires.’ Let’s see where that goes,” she replied derisively when TPM asked if she was worried Schultz could play a spoiler role in the 2020 presidential election.
Now I don’t want to get all conspiratorial here but one of the first places that we heard Schultz might be considering a 2020 presidential run was on the Russian news outlet Sputnik:
The executive chairman of US coffeehouse chain Starbucks, Howard Schultz, announced his resignation from the company on Monday amid growing rumors of him mulling a career in politics, the Independent newspaper reported today.
That was an article from last summer. Which makes one wonder why the Russian press was paying attention to some dude who was retiring from an American company, and who MIGHT be considering a career in politics?
Things that make you go “Hmmm.”
Schultz also made the rather odd choice of giving one of his earliest interviews to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Courtesy of Slate:
Schultz made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Podcast one of his first stops—a puzzling choice for a would-be candidate who’ll have to win over swaths of the population that don’t belong to the engraved-24-karat-gold-sex-toy-purchasing demographic. In an hourlong conversation at a café (not a Starbucks!), the two moguls talked about the magic of coffee shops, the power of Jewish guilt, and how sad it is that American political discourse has gotten so darn uncivil.
Way to build the old credibility.
Schultz also had the temerity to blame the fact that he was thinking of running as an independent on AOC.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he can’t run for president as a Democrat because he doesn’t like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to slap a 70-percent marginal tax rate on income above $10 million. Schultz revealed Sunday that he’s “seriously considering” running for president as an independent. In an interview with CNBC Monday night, he shed some light on why he feels he would not run as a Democrat: Because he could end up having to argue for massive taxes on the super-rich like himself. “I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America,” he said. Ocasio-Cortez’s idea to tax earnings over $10 million at 70 percent has wide support, according to polls—a recent Hill-HarrisX survey found that 59 percent of voters back it. Schultz went on to say: “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.”
So it appears pretty obvious that his real reason for considering a run is because he is afraid he might have to pay higher taxes.
So much for fighting for the working people.
The guy is a joke and needs to be treated as such, or else we are in danger of creating another Donald Trump which is the last thing this country needs.
In my opinion, every journalist who interacts with this guy should remind him that he cannot possibly win and then ask why he wants to help Trump win a second term.