Ought to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz run for president as an unbiased ― as he has instructed he would possibly ― it might cut up the Democratic vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s re-election, billionaire Michael Bloomberg mentioned.
In a tweet Monday afternoon, Bloomberg ― who himself is flirting with a 2020 run as a Democrat ― mentioned that any third-party candidate would disproportionately threaten the Democratic nominee, whoever she or he is, within the 2020 presidential election.
“Given the sturdy pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral school system, there isn’t a approach an unbiased can win,” he mentioned as a part of an announcement. “That’s more true right now than ever earlier than.”
Bloomberg was parroting a tweet from Sunday by his former aide Howard Wolfson, who now works for the Bloomberg Basis.
“I’ve seen sufficient knowledge over a few years to know that anybody working for POTUS as an unbiased will cut up the anti-incumbent, anti-Trump vote,” he wrote. “The stakes couldn’t be larger. We cannot afford the chance of spoiler politics that end in Trump’s re-election.”
Schultz, a billionaire and self-described “lifelong Democrat,” was featured in an episode of “60 Minutes” Sunday night time, the place he mentioned he was “critically” mulling a run for president as a “centrist unbiased, outdoors of the two-party system.” Throughout the interview, he ripped into the Democratic Social gathering, accusing them of failing to supply a possible well being care proposal.
“Each American deserves the precise to have entry to high quality well being care,” Schultz advised “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley. “However what the Democrats are proposing is one thing that’s as false because the wall ― and that’s free well being take care of all, which the nation can not afford.”
A part of Wolfson’s concern, evidently, is that Schultz seems to aspect with Democrats on a wide range of points, which may pull some Democratic voters away from their very own candidates. HuffPost’s Maxwell Strachan reported on Sunday night time:
Throughout the interview, Schultz aligned himself with many Democrats in different methods. He mentioned he believed there needs to be “a good and equitable approach” for undocumented immigrants to develop into U.S. residents, that leaving the Paris local weather accord was a “large mistake,” and that the Republican tax invoice went too far.
Schultz stepped away from Starbucks final summer time after greater than three many years with the corporate, saying he had develop into “deeply involved” about “rising division” within the U.S. and wished to determine what he may do to assist his nation.
In the meantime, Trump noticed this weekend’s “60 Minutes” too, and on Monday prodded his would-be opponent on Twitter, going after his intelligence.
“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President!” Trump wrote. “Watched him on @60Minutes final night time and I agree with him that he’s not the ‘smartest particular person.’”
This story has been up to date with a tweet from Bloomberg.