Howard Schultz Apologizes After Forgetting Two Dem Presidential Candidates Served in the Military

Pete Buttigieg, Howard Schultz, Tulsi Gabbard
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claimed Thursday that he has spent more time with the military than anyone else running for president, forgetting that two candidates in the race are military members themselves.

“I probably have spent more time in the last decade certainly than anyone running for president with the military,” Schultz said Thursday morning on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Schutz added that he has visited military members overseas and has close relationships with generals.

“But the deep respect I have for the military, it goes beyond what I can even describe in words,” he said.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is currently a major in the Hawaii National Guard and served overseas in Iraq and Kuwait. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2014 while still serving as mayor.

Buttigieg slyly called out Schulz in a Thursday tweet.

“I remember a Green Beans Coffee at the exchange at Bagram, and a decent espresso machine run by the Italian NATO element at ISAF HQ,” he wrote. “But I don’t recall seeing any Starbucks over there…”

After Buttigieg publicized Schultz’s mistake, the former Starbucks CEO was quick to apologize.

“Yesterday I gave a speech on failed political leadership in this country,” he tweeted Thursday. “A point I tried to make is that leaders must take responsibility and own their mistakes. Today I said I spent more time with the military than any candidate running for president. That was wrong.”

“I apologize to [Butiegieg] and [Gabbard] who served our country honorably,” he added in a follow-up tweet. “In that moment I made something that should unite us all, about me. I made a mistake and I apologize.”

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I think that owning up to his mistake promptly and decisively makes Schultz stand out from the herd already. Most political hacks seem incapable of uttering a scintilla of apology for the claptrap they spew unless said apology is demanded the masses on social media and/or television.

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