by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz rejected Democratic complaints that his Independent 2020 campaign will guarantee President Trump’s re-election, and said Democrats themselves will guarantee a Trump victory by nominating a “radical left” nominee.
“The stakes are too high to cross our fingers and hope the Democratic Party nominates a moderate who can win over enough independents and disaffected Republicans, and even fellow Democrats, to defeat Trump next year,” Schultz wrote in a blog post Monday. “That any opponent can oust Trump, no matter how far to the radical left they are, is a fallacy.”
“Those so concerned about a centrist independent being a spoiler should perhaps ask another question: Will the eventual Democratic nominee be the party’s own version of a spoiler?” Schultz wrote in a blog post Monday.
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Schultz has been criticized since he announced last month that he was considering running as a third-party candidate. The billionaire reiterated that he won’t run if he sees himself as a spoiler, but said he sees a potential path to the White House for a centrist independent.