From soy lattes and blueberry scones… to being the President of the United States? Former Starbucks CEO and billionaire, Howard Schultz, is making quite the buzz in the news world after announcing that he plans to run for president in the 2020 campaign.
The Democratic party is furious after Schultz revealed that he would be running as an independent- since he has always been a self-proclaimed and life-long Democrat. They fear that the political newbie will steal votes from their candidate and cause 2016 to happen all over again with the election between Hillary Clinton and now President Donald Trump. Some feel as if the Democrats are going against Schultz out of fear that 2020 will end the same way.
Some believe that their worry does not only come from what could be, yet derives from what they already know to be true — American voters are getting tired of the Republican vs. Democrats rivalry, and will most likely choose an independent party if given a good enough reason. According to a 2018 Gallop poll, 57% of voters say a third party is needed – giving Schultz a fairly high chance of success.
Democratic candidates Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren immediately attacked Schultz, with Warren tweeting, “What’s ‘ridiculous’ is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else.”
While Schultz has not yet officially said he is running, the Democrats are already plotting their scheme against the former CEO. Influential groups such as American Bridge have publicly threatened to target Schultz and oppose him with whatever it takes.
- Lakin Weldy/ HLGU Vanguard/ April 2019