Howard Schultz's book launch – and a potential President's proposal – has a bad start.
Just one day after announcing that he would be preparing for a runner-up candidate, the former Starbucks CEO launched a start-nationwide nationwide tour Monday night to promote his new book. He had barely begun talking to a Barnes & Noble in New York when a protester was interrupted.
"Do not help choosing Trump, you selfish billionaire!", The unidentified bearded man bellowed and added another clue. "Go back to Twitter!"
The brief interruption summarized the hostility and apparent hostility Schultz had since Sunday when he told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was seriously considering running for president as an independent president. Shortly after he explained his intentions, the founder of the billionaire coffee chain was mocked by President Trump, who tweeted Monday that Schultz lacked the "courage" or intelligence to become president. Schultz has also been blamed by countless Democrats fearing that Schultz would split an anti-Trump vote in 2020. So far, he has posted four tweets on his re-stamped Twitter account, which have all received thousands of angry responses as endorsements in the form of retweets or the like ̵
"Return to Davos with the other billionaire elite that believes in ruling the world." A man screamed at the book launch as private guards pushed him out of the room and looked at a handful of spectators.
A few minutes later, a second interjection spoke, HuffPost reported.
"Health care is a human right!" The man shouted repeatedly, evidently on Schultz's assertion from the "60 Minutes" interview "that the country can not afford" to provide free health care for all. He too was excluded from the event.
The interruptions to Schultz's firs The Book Tour book event followed two days of negative setback online and in print. As Michael Scherer of the Washington Post reported, Schultz's announcement on Sunday was immediately hit by the Democrats. Well-known liberals, including the singer Cher, never threatened [again] to enter a Starbucks . (Although Schultz no longer leads the company, he remains one of the largest shareholders.)
"Vanity projects that contribute to the destruction of democracy are disgusting" tweeted the president of the American Center, Neera Tanden Progress and a former campaign adviser to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "If he starts the race, I'll start a Starbucks boycott because I do not have a penny to land in the box office of a man who will help Trump with it."
The pushback continued on Monday with a sprint of brash headlines from newspaper opinion pages, which urged Schultz to do something other than walk.
"Exactly what we need is another self-centered billionaire billionaire without government experience who thinks he's president," wrote Washington Post opinion columnist Eugene Robinson. "What could go wrong?"
Also significant was Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a potential Democrat for 2020, who said in a statement he had considered the election as president in 2016 but had opposed it because he realized that the electoral college system of the country would lead a third party candidate to a disadvantage that could not be overcome.
"In 2020, there is a high probability that an Independent will split the anti-fight – vote and choose the President again," he said. "This is a risk I did not want to run in 2016 and we can not afford it now."
Schultz does not believe that there is a real chance.
"I think lifelong Democrats and many, many more lifelong Republicans, as the Democrats are looking for a home," he said Monday the "morning edition" of NPR. "If there is a choice between President Trump and a progressive, liberal-minded Person on the Democratic side admits it would kill me if President Trump were re-elected, and I believe that will be the case. "
While experts disagree on whether a third-party candidate really does have a" spoiler "effect, Trump himself believes this to be the case.
"Trump said tonight at the fundraising event at the Trump Hotel that he's been trying to get Howard Schultz in his tweet earlier because he thinks he would help him per participant" Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times, tweeted on Monday night and referred to the former jab of the president, who accused Schultz of depriving him of Have courage to run.
On Monday night, Schultz said he would only stand for the president. He believed that he could win and that he would do nothing to bring Donald Trump back to the Oval Office, the Daily Beast reported. However, he did not say if he would step out of the race if it turned out that his candidacy would likely have that result.
Asked about Bloomberg's claim that it was impossible to be elected as a third-party candidate. Schultz reportedly told the crowd that the former mayor had "built a great business, but I disagree with his conclusion."
Schultz's political ambitions have apparently also angered some Amazon.com reviewers. Early Tuesday morning, his new book, "From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America," had an average user rating of 1.3 with more than a dozen negative reviews from people who had no indication of it. (Amazon founder and chief executive, Jeffrey P. Bezos, owns the Washington Post.)
"Please stop your vanity campaign," said a typical comment. "They jeopardize the future of our country."
One of the only divergent perspectives was the reviewer "Shawn P," who awarded the book five stars. "The book was just delivered today, so the reviews are purely political and have nothing to do with the merits of the book," wrote the reviewer. "You're welcome to your opinion, but you're narrow-minded and do not listen What someone has to say says a lot about where we are as a country."
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