Breaking news from the “anyone can run the country, apparently” camp this week. Former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, is planning to run for President as an independent in 2020, and we aren’t quite sure how to feel about it. Others, however, have been more than happy to share their opinions (true or false), leading a veritable slew of online rumors and a whole lot of confusion. Let’s get to the truth, shall we?
- First things first: Schultz is neither a Democrat nor a Republican. Instead, he’s a self-identified “centrist independent.” That should theoretically place him right in the middle of the political spectrum, but it’s extremely suspicious. Until very recently, the man was a staunch Democrat.
- If Schultz confirms a plan to run in 2020, he would effectively find himself forced to run against both Trump and whichever party hopeful Democrats happen to pick. Independents have struggled to gain popularity over the last few decades; generally, both the Left and the Right have far too much popularity for them to really succeed.
- So why would the leader of a multi-billion dollar company think about running for President — and why would he suddenly break from his own party? The rumor of the day is that he’s being indirectly targeted by the Soros-funded American Bridge 21st Century because the DNC doesn’t want him to run.
- Is that really true? Well, partially. Soros’s super PAC recently gave information to CNBC stating that Starbucks has been chronically involved in unfair wage lawsuits over recent years — settling to the tune of some $46 million while Schultz was at the helm.
- But surely there has to be more to this story, right? After all, if American Bridge targeted every shady business person who ran for President, they’d be kept busy with that alone day in and day out. There is, in fact, more to the story — and some of it came right from the horse’s mouth.
- Last June, Schultz sat down to an interview with CNBC. At the time, he revealed the real reason for breaking with the party. “It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left,” he said. “I ask myself, ‘How are we going to pay for all these things?’ in terms of things like single-payer or people espousing the fact that the government is going to give everyone a job. I don’t think that’s realistic.”
- Under close scrutiny, it seems as if the Left’s own propensity to cannibalize themselves from the inside out is what’s really at play, here. But the dish isn’t cooked just yet; Democrats are also allegedly afraid Schultz will siphon votes from them and win the game for Trump.
- It won’t take much to pull support off of the DNC in 2020, and Independents don’t generally attract enough attention to actually win. The result, of course, is that it becomes easier for Trump to stay in office. Suddenly, seeing why Schultz is being targeted by a Soros-funded organization starts to make sense.
- On the infinitesimally-small chance Schultz ever did make it in, all we can say is this. He’s no Republican, but he’s no Clinton, either. If the DNC were smart, they would adopt him and work towards becoming more moderate as a whole versus the current far-Left insanity at play within their own party.