Extended footage: Watch a heckler go after Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who is weighing a potential bid for president, at his book launch event in NYC: "Don't help elect Trump! You egotistical, billionaire asshole. Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter." pic.twitter.com/7wAYH4cLwV— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) January 29, 2019
When Howard Schultz announced he was planning to run as an independent in the 2020 presidential election, there was rather a lot of well-deserved skepticism expressed on Twitter. A lot of people have noticed that there really isn't a market for a billionaire political neophyte and that there really isn't a political appetite for a person who might be described as socially liberal and economically conservative:
There also is a not-unreasonable alarm that an independent candidate is way more likely to act as a spoiler than to actually be a viable candidate. This is exactly the scenario I saw as likely three years ago with the possibility of a Michael Bloomberg run, and Bloomberg came to that exact conclusion and said as much about third party runs regarding Schultz.
This doesn't mean there isn't a small pool of people who will love this idea: "both-sider" journalists who proclaim that both parties are awful (but particularly Democrats, because there is no such thing as "the liberal media"); people who want a piece of Mr. Schultz's not-inconsiderable funding; and Donald Trump, who has already taunted Schultz online in a way that he hopes encourages his White House ambitions.
Trump told the crowd at the Trump Hotel tonight fundraiser that he was trying to get Howard Schultz into the race with his tweet earlier today because he thinks he'll help him, per attendee.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 29, 2019
Hopefully, Schultz doesn't need to be thwacked with a clue by four to get that this idea may have been better on paper than it will be in practice. If he wants his good to do the most, there are tons of deserving causes--but the presidency should not be treated as an entry-level position into government.
UPDATE: Just to add, these advisors absolutely, 100%, know better.