Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who announced he is a preparing a presidential bid Sunday, has a long history as a Democratic political donor.
"If Schultz entered the race as an independent, we would consider him a target". And he targeted the president's social media habits.
"Watched him on last night and I agree with him that he is not the 'smartest person, ' " Trump wrote.
The pushback in the early days of the 2020 campaign reflects the intensity Democrats are bringing to the race. Rank-and-file voters and party officials alike are anxious about any hurdle that would prevent them from seizing on Trump's unpopularity.
But Democrats think a run by Schultz could be the best thing to happen to Trump, pulling independents and moderates away from whoever wins the Democratic nomination.
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"I am seriously thinking of running for president", Schultz told the CBS news show "60 Minutes" late on Sunday.
Democrats are right to be nervous. "My views are squarely in the middle".
Another heckler interrupted Schultz when he started discussing healthcare-for-all and said it would bankrupt the country.
"[Schultz] is going to Nader-ize the election", he remarked.
Schultz said that if he does decide to run, he "will embrace the best ideas of both parties". "Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what's necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics". While third-party candidates in USA politics often face insurmountable odds, they have played the role of spoilers.
However before he could finish the thought, a member of the audience had their own message.
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The data was very clear and very consistent. Obama's margin of victory in the 2008 popular vote and Electoral College vote was a big enough buffer that despite losing support, he still managed to eke out enough votes in battleground states to easily win reelection. I don't care if you're a Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican. That's a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can't afford to run it now.
The angry voices were far and wide, and they included Obama's former chief strategist, David Axelrod, along with Democrats from Schultz's home state. "I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!" "It would be a gift".
"A billionaire buying his way out of the entire primary process does not strengthen democracy", she said.
Already top Democratic operatives working for presidential candidates and beyond say they're anxious that the only thing he'll accomplish is making sure Donald Trump gets reelected.
Schultz, 65, whose political ambitions have been widely rumored for years, would be making his first run for public office. After New York, he has stops this week in Tempe, Arizona; Seattle; and San Francisco - but no dates listed for the early voting states of Iowa or New Hampshire. Under Schultz's leadership, Starbucks delivered a 21,000 per cent gain in the value of its stock price since its initial public offering in 1992. He grew up in public housing in Brooklyn, New York, and became the first person in his family to graduate from college. Chuck Schumer, and Washington Sens. In Monday's interview, he said McCain was the only Republican he had ever donated money to. "I want to see America win".
The Democratic National Committee declined to address Schultz directly. "We were like, who is this guy?"
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I'm proud of the guys for making the commitment and it's certainly not easy. "Not at all. Obviously, I have all the confidence in the world in him .