(Watch) Howard Schultz Told By Heckler, ‘Don’t help elect Trump you egotistical billionaire a–hole’
During an event meant to kickoff a nationwide promotion of his new book, former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz was confronted by a heckler in the audience who told him not to run for president as an independent candidate in 2020.
“Don’t help elect Trump you egotistical billionaire asshole!” the heckler stated, according to reports from NBC News. “Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter.”
The term “ratioed” refers to an event where a user on Twitter sends out a tweet that gets far more replies (most of them negative) than retweets.
Schultz has suggested within the past week that he’s considering a run for president in the next election cycle. He’s also stated that he wouldn’t run as a Democrat to challenge Trump in the general election, but would skip the primary process altogether to run as an independent.
Heckler yells at Howard Schultz: “Don’t help elect Trump, you egotistical billionaire asshole!” pic.twitter.com/Fmlj7ng7HD
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 29, 2019
“I am seriously thinking of running for president. I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system,” he said on CBS’ 60 Minutes this past weekend.
In response to the heckler on Monday, Schultz decided to address the Twitter comment specifically. “I’m not running a primary race on Twitter,” he said.
But concerns abound that Schultz could indeed make things difficult, especially for those hoping that Trump could be ousted in 2020. Democratic Party members have warned that Schultz would split any vote away from whoever the Democratic nominee would be, allowing Trump to win states with a plurality of ballots and thus gain those specific states’ Electoral College votes.
Other traditionally independent individuals have expressed criticism toward Schultz as well. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, himself considering a run for president as a Democrat, expressed dismay that Schultz could be considering a move.
“Given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win,” Bloomberg said in a statement.