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Howard Schultz Starts His 2020 Attack by Targeting Democrats

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Self-proclaimed “lifelong Democrat” and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has launched an unexpected potential 2020 presidential run, taking aim, intentionally or not, at several Democratic policies and candidates.

Many in the Democratic Party are already worried an independent candidate in 2020 will split votes in favor of President Donald Trump, and many of Schultz’s latest remarks may worsen their cause.

“I do not believe in what the Democratic Party stands for,” Schultz said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” amid his recent four-day television interview escapade.

The 65-year-old billionaire businessman also has criticized many of the recent policies and comments coming from the Democratic Party’s left-wing, calling freshman New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks on billionaires as “misinformed” and “un-American.”

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While Schultz supports abortion rights and gun control, he’s against expanding Medicare and providing free health care and college tuition for all because of the country’s growing national debt, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Responding to a proposal by a potential 2020 Democratic nominee, California Sen. Kamala Harris, to eliminate private health insurance, Schultz said that too was “not American.”

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“What’s next? What industry are we going to abolish next? The coffee industry?” he said Tuesday on CBS’ “This Morning.”

Schultz’s Twitter account displays his desire to repair the “broken” two-party system and to run as the independent unifier he says the divided country needs.

Schultz also has insisted he isn’t running against the Democratic Party. He told Fox News Wednesday that Democrats sounding the alarm over his potential bid “need a little bit less caffeine.”

Many on the left have complained that the billionaire’s potential run is just a way for Schultz to boost his ego. Some have threatened to boycott Starbucks.

“What’s ‘ridiculous’ is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote on Twitter in response to Schultz’s criticism of her plan to tax the wealthy.

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“It’s time for change,” the 2020 presidential hopeful added.

Schultz has, for the most part, shrugged off the criticism and outrage from the left, telling Axios Monday that he’s “unfazed” by the pushback.

“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, independent, Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas, and I will be an independent person who will embrace those ideas,” Schultz said Sunday in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

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