Billionaire and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has pitched his third-party presidential campaign as an effort to unite Americans. But so far, he seems to just be lashing out at Democrats.
Schultz attempted to push back on some of the criticism he’s faced since first teasing his potential candidacy by sharing an article to Twitter early Wednesday with the headline “Howard Schultz Could Actually Win the Presidency.”
In the since-deleted tweet (archived here), Schultz thanked the author for providing “thoughtful analysis of what’s possible.” But it seems Schultz, or whoever published the tweet for him, didn’t take a very close look at the content of the column they were adding to his already much-maligned Twitter presence.
Here’s an excerpt from the column shared by Schultz (emphasis added):
Current frontrunner Kamala Harris is far from reassuring. She’s a shrill (see the Kavanaugh hearings) quasi-socialist promising pie in the sky — Medicare-for-all, debt-free college, guaranteed pre-K, minimum basic income, confiscatory taxes — and she’s just getting started. Bernie and others will soon be following suit. Fauxcahontas already has, competing in a game of socialist one-upmanship.
In a rush to latch on to any praise for his sharply criticized presidential ambitions, Schultz and his team appeared to endorse the suggestion that Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is “shrill,” and parroted the “Fauxcahontas” attack, lampooning Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) claim of Native American ancestry.
From the start, Schultz has framed his potential candidacy as a means for uniting the country and bringing both sides together. It’s hard to see how he would accomplish that goal by amplifying those sorts of attacks on Democratic contenders, and so the link disappeared from his Twitter page after a Washington Post reporter asked Schultz’s team about it.
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019
Schultz was asked why he deleted the tweet during a Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“Well, yeah, because I don’t want to get into the mud with anybody,” Schultz said. “I don’t want to get into revenge politics, which is obviously been the problem that I’m identifying.”
Schultz said he didn’t realize the specific comments about Harris and Warren were included in the column when it was shared and expressed a desire to about “mud slinging” in politics.
Watch Schultz’s interview with CNN below:
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