Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz ruffled more than a few feathers when he recently announced he’s “seriously considering” a run for president. In fact, Democrats screamed like their feathers were being plucked out.
It didn’t make Democrats happy that Schultz, who has publicly sparred with President Trump, said he would run against the POTUS but not as a Democrat — sparking fears that he would split the anti-Trump vote.
And it certainly didn’t make young congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) happy when Schultz cited her socialist plans for the U.S. as his reasoning for running as an independent rather than a Democrat.
“I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans,” Schultz said during a CNBC interview. “I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America.”
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, took to Twitter to whine about the 65-year-old businessman, writing, “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 was making reference to the fact that some people felt that she should have had more knowledge and experience before running for the U.S. House of Representatives. But it appears she failed to do any homework whatsoever when implying that the former Starbucks CEO hadn’t worked his way up in life at all before considering a run for president.
A simple scan of his Wikipedia page would have revealed to her that he was reportedly born to a poor family living in public housing in Brooklyn. He worked hard at sports and even received an athletic scholarship.
After college, he was a successful salesman for Xerox. Schultz became a manager at a coffee maker manufacturer before getting a coveted job as Director of Marketing for Starbucks. When one of the Starbucks co-founders turned down his ideas to transform Starbucks locations into espresso bars and gathering places, Schultz started his own coffee shop.
Starbucks management later sold its Starbucks name and retail unit to Schultz, who vastly expanded the chain around the world to more than 15,000 stores. His net worth is estimated at $3.4 billion, according to Forbes.
“I’m still this kid from Brooklyn who wanted to fight his way out,” Schultz has said.
Ocasio-Cortez’ Twitter followers pointed out the ignorance behind her complaint.