Ocasio-Cortez Gets Hit Hard With Facts After Her Critic that Howard Schultz Should ‘Work’ His ‘Way Up’

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Self-described Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went after the former Starbucks CEO, who recently announced his possible run in the 2020 presidential election, by claiming that billionaires need to “work their way up.” Her claim came before she got hit hard with the rebuttal that Howard Schultz did work his way up in life.

Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, recently announced he is “seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.”

During a CBS interview on Monday, Schultz said he respects the Democratic Party but “I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America.”

“The way I’ve come to this decision is, I believe that if I ran as a Democrat, I would have to say things that I know in my heart I do not believe, and I would have to be disingenuous,” he added.

Schultz’s comment created a spark in Ocasio-Cortez to blast billionaires who seek to run for president.

“Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first?’” she wrote on Twitter.

The Democratic representative gets hit with the facts

Schultz grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, New York, and worked his way up in life, according to Business Insider.

Schultz experienced poverty at the age of seven when his father, a truck driver, broke his ankle while working but didn’t have worker’s compensation or health insurance, so he was out of a job, leaving the family with no income.

The former CEO went on to work as a bartender — which Ocasio-Cortez did as well — along with other jobs. Later, he encountered Starbucks at Hammarplast. He was then hired a year later as director of retail operations and marketing, and then went on to create his own coffee company, but eventually came back to buy Starbucks and became the CEO.

The billionaire slams Ocasio-Cortez

Responding to Ocasio-Cortez’s remark that billionaires are “policy failures,” Schultz said that’s “so un-American.”

“It’s so un-American to think that way,” Schultz said. “I’m self-made. I came from the projects and took advantage of the promise of the country. I’m living proof of the American dream.”

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Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only one criticizing the billionaire, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reacted to Schultz saying her plan to tax the wealthy is “ridiculous.”

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,” Warren wrote.

Following the criticism, he explained his life story and how he believes “everyone should have a chance in America” in a video on Twitter.

Watch the video below:

During the CBS interview, Schultz also blasted Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for her “not American” call to “eliminate” private health insurance to embrace “Medicare for All.”

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Ed
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So, in AOC’s mind, going from waitress/bar tender to US Congressman is “working your way up,” but from poor to billionaire to US President is not?

Rocky Drummond
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I’m self-made” says Howard the Duck Schultz

Sure. It was all you. Going to public schools, living in subsidized housing when young, going to a publicly funded state university. All you.

That’s all we need is another self-centered centrist billionaire running to keep his precious tax cuts and other privileges who has no plan or explanations about policy.

Go away.

Rocky Drummond
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What? We have 5 Howard Schultz buddies here? Holy cow!

KhyberRifle
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Down arrows from tripe readers don’t necessarily make your remarks palatable . . .but it’s a start. And there’ll be a lot more than 5. And don’t equate distaste for you with a camaraderie with Schultz. What’s your American dream Roc? You want a Willie Brown bosshawg to prod you to the top of the slimy affair that is CA law enforcement and politics? You’ll not get to participate in AOC’s Green New Deal, her “WW II?” Schultz may be the best the dems didn’t know they had, but have now lost.

Rocky Drummond
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That’s just one reason IJR needs to bring back showing who makes comments.

Rocky Drummond
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So now 10 members like priviledged candidates with no policies.

KhyberRifle
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I’m impressed Roc – only a blue blood, pure and true, righteous democrat who’s game for pie-in–the-blue-sky socialist free-shit-for-everyone would double down on opposing what Schultz has to say. Poor guy, he’s gonna take as much flak as Trump now that he blasphemes leftist wet dreams, and he’s not even elected, or a republican. “No policies”? LOL Tell me about Poca’s policies; Kamala’s? What’s her willie brown quid pro quo?

Rocky Drummond
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Schultz doesn’t really have any policies yet, except to protect his wealth and that is going over like a lead balloon. He has talked about negatives, though. The others who have declared are just getting started outlining their policies, so be patient. My bet is that Schultz won’t run. If the does, he won’t get far because his shoelaces are tied together.

KhyberRifle
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heh heh shoelaces tied together. . . good one. Whoever gets the nod, and every last one of those who don’t, better have a thick hide and zero skeleton(s) in it’s (neuter pronoun ok?) closet. I’ll be patient. You meanwhile might want to expect nothing so as to mitigate an approaching 2020 sorrow of HRC “What Happened” proportions

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