While there may be droves of people lining up to announce their presidential candidacy for 2020, there is one that President Donald Trump is already laughing off.
Former chief executive of Starbucks, Howard Schultz recently announced on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he has been “seriously thinking of running for president as an independent candidate.”
“I [would] run as a centrist independent,” Schultz inferred, “outside of the two-party system. We’re living at a most fragile time — not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics.”
“I want to see the American people win,” the billionaire shared. “I want to see America win. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas. And I will be an independent person, who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party.”
In what was probably not the best line, Shultz also added, “I have a long history of recognizing I’m not the smartest person in the room, that in order to make great decisions about complex problems, I have to recruit and attract people who are smarter than me and more experienced, more skilled and we’ve got to create an understanding that we need a creative debate in the room to make these kind of decisions.”
That provided Trump with more than enough ammunition to tweet how underwhelming Schultz’ bid was.
“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President!” Trump shared on social media. “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!”
Yet there are many that point out how advantageous it could be for so many potentials to be piling on the Democrat platform.
It could lead to a repeat of the 2016 election, with enough people disgusted by the idea of voting for the nominated party that it provides a path to victory for Trump.