Earlier today, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz took to Twitter to tell everyone that he’s strongly considering running in 2020 as a centrist Independent, prompting President Donald Trump to essentially laugh.
Schultz stated in the middle of last year that he was thinking about running for President, noting that the left is too far left and isn’t being realistic about our economic situation.
On Monday, Schultz tweeted “I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.”
Trump, however, doesn’t think he’s going to go through with it, claiming that Schultz doesn’t have the guts to do it. He also made some not-so-friendly comments about his intelligence.
“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the “smartest person.” Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!” tweeted Trump.
Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the “smartest person.” Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Outwardly, Trump is playing the “you won’t do it, you ain’t hard” card, but inwardly it’s likely that Trump is attempting to goad Schultz into actually running under the belief that if he does he’ll end up playing the role of disrupter to whichever candidate the Democratic party puts forward.
As it stands, Democrats are looking good with Joe Biden as the most supported candidate by the left, and has already begun receiving support from Democrat leaders such as Diane Feinstein. What’s more, as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey notes, Trump’s numbers don’t look like 2020 material:
Looking ahead to 2020, the prospects are not looking all that cheery for Trump. Democrats staged a huge comeback in the midterms in the “blue wall” states that handed him the presidency in 2016. Hillary Clinton’s hinting at a rematch, but this time the DNC won’t clear the field for her, which will produce a nominee that understands better how to campaign. Trump’s job approval is sinking again during the shutdown; his RCP average is now 41/55, but even his recent best back in June was 43/51. Even Rasmussen has him at 45/54 right now. These are not re-elect numbers against any challenger with a decent level of campaign competence.
Trump’s best bet now is to split the vote. With the party already starting to show signs of division between the old guard Democrats and the growing radical base, and the hard left’s displeasure of seeing another white man take as head of the party, Trump’s job may be slightly easier as the left becomes more ideologically divided.
With the inclusion of Schultz now looking to target the centrist population who may have had enough of Trump, Trump’s job may be all the easier.
Trump wants his Democratic Ross Perot, and he may have found on in Schultz.