When former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced he was considering running as an Independent in 2020, Democrats freaked out, fearing that an Independent candidate would siphon off precious votes from whichever leftist extremist the Democratic Party had decided to nominate.
We’re still not sure if Schultz is going to run, be he’s already incurred the ire of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wondered why a billionaire like Schultz, who grew up in the projects, didn’t have to “work his way up” before considering a presidential run. You know, like she went straight from bartender to congresswoman.
Not only is the left upset that a billionaire like Schultz might run; they’re dragging him for pointing out some ugly truths about socialism and thus wondering why he doesn’t run as a Republican.
Shouting down political opponents, inflexible dogma, and the making of lists of the politically impure, unfavored classes, and offending businesses, has always been integral to socialism. History is utterly clear on this point. The list is always acted on.
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) March 2, 2019
“History is utterly clear on this point” — but not everyone is utterly clear on history.
ruthlessly suppressing any political movement that threatens even a tiny fraction of their ill-gotten wealth has always been integral to rich dipshits like Howard Schultz
— Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) March 2, 2019
Wow, there sure is a lot of talk this election cycle about unearned wealth from strangely wealthy people like Elizabeth Warren.
Stop, Howard. America hates you.
— The Humanist Report? (@HumanistReport) March 2, 2019
it's not socialism's fault that literally nobody wants you to be president
— amy brown (@arb) March 3, 2019
Don’t you have some coffee to make dude
— Connor Wroe Southard (@ConnorSouthard) March 2, 2019
wait till you hear what capitalism does to “unfavored classes”
— Keaton? (@Keatronn) March 2, 2019
cry about it more bitch
— Comb Salad (@woke_hoover) March 3, 2019
“You’re just another rich person who doesn’t want to pay any taxes” – @michelebindc Yeah, that about sums it up.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 3, 2019
Billionaires are sociopaths.
— Don "The Don" Rastberger (@thedoncast) March 3, 2019
I think it's safe to say that Americans (and the rest of us) are shouting you down, Howard. Learn to take a hint.
— Kimberley McLean (@skirmley) March 2, 2019
I can't eyeroll hard enough, we just don't have that technology yet
— history is a lefty conspiracy (@LostInBerkeley) March 2, 2019
If you just came out and said something like, "I'm mostly not insane like the modern R party but I just can't handle people messing with my wallet" I'd have a lot more respect. Just fyi. Usually I'm not alone.
— JohnO (@JohnO109) March 2, 2019
Nobody knows what you are talking about
— chrisincapitola (@chrisincapitola) March 2, 2019
go away coffee man
— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) March 3, 2019
So you're running as a Republican?
— Ærinolf Haacker (@MusaJames1) March 2, 2019
So, Howard Schultz stands in opposition to, among other historic concerted action against offending entities, the Montgomery bus boycott. Got it.
— Adam Cutler (@adcut) March 2, 2019
Wow, that was an impressive stretch.
translation: "I already know Bernie is going to win the Dem Primary and I would rather attempt to throw the election by running third party than pay a reasonable share of taxes."
you might as well just endorse Trump, coffee boy #StillSanders
— Hoss Curtis (@Syzzix) March 2, 2019
All in favor of removing this guy's wealth first?
— Art_Noyes (@NoyesArt) March 2, 2019
wait? incredibly rich man dislikes a rhetoric that says wealth should be redistributed?
— amy ?? (@gnooooome) March 2, 2019
No, we think he was pretty clear why he opposes socialism.
its only ever called a class war when we fight back.
— strngrslf (@strngrslf) March 3, 2019
It’s patently clear that your billions will be always be much more important to you than the future of America, Howard.
— Lois Murray (@ezrateach) March 2, 2019
Billionaires who try to buy the presidency to keep their own taxes low are a great argument for a 95 percent wealth tax on billionaires.
— Darrin Bell (@DarrinBellArt) March 2, 2019
Did you ever stop and think "maybe I am just a poor choice for a candidate at this time"? You might want to if you haven't.
— Steven Hewett (@habu333) March 3, 2019
Dude, you’re just another far-right dirtbag. Fuck right on off. Die in a coffee grinder. No one cares
— Jason (@longwall26) March 2, 2019
Yeah, Howard Schultz is “far-right.”
Wealth tax now. NOW.
— Spergin Morlock (@ch4dderbox) March 2, 2019
I like socialism.
— Ranked-Choice Voting is everything (@MitchRanda11) March 2, 2019
Business oppresses the workers, wealthy are favored & deemed more intelligent than they are, propaganda abounds, education diminished, worship of profits & disregard for humanity. This is capitalism & history is clear on this point, it always fails.
— CChit (@gator971) March 2, 2019
Are you running as a Republican, Howard, because you are not getting any Democratic votes parroting GOP talking points. The media & GOP have made AOC the face of Dem party to brand us Socialists. Her voice is loud but not representative of the whole party.
— deb (@Deb4Democracy) March 2, 2019
You are the poster boy of an inflexible dogma that purports runaway free market capitalism as a good thing.
& you have a very myopic view of history.
& no idea of what is possible.https://t.co/Ib96zELaTf.boy.
— Vittoria (@Vittoria75H2O) March 3, 2019
Run as a Republican; we know you need those tax breaks.
— Bigtimetigerfan (@bigtimetigerfan) March 3, 2019
We're going to raise your taxes. Spend it while you can.
— ??We're All Mad (Online) Here?? (@Lollerwaffle) March 2, 2019
— Ben W Dickinson (@BenWDickinson) March 3, 2019
You guys really can’t tell the difference between socialism and authoritarianism. It’s a shame, because you are doing one of those, so if you could recognize the difference, you’d stand a chance of stopping it.
— Orion (he/him/his) (@OrionKidder) March 3, 2019
Can you site examples of this being clear in history?
— Ian Martin (@IanMartinHello) March 2, 2019
You forgot to say the magic word…
— clathrate gun control now (@mathew) March 2, 2019
socialism is good, coffee boy
— freeks and greaks (@steals_valor) March 2, 2019
you don’t have any idea what socialism is
— Gilbert Godhead (@ShobJit) March 2, 2019
we’re gonna take your money
— Lucas (@constantleft) March 2, 2019
“You don’t have any idea what socialism is” … “we’re going to take your money.” There it is, folks.
give me all your money rich boy
— Michael Ballaban (@Ballaban) March 3, 2019
Thanks for reminding me to boycott @Starbucks.
— Walken23 (@Walken23) March 3, 2019
We’re coming for big businesses and the system that keeps the masses enslaved within the status quo, who are sadly struggling to get by day after day. You’re right to fear us. pic.twitter.com/caSRB8zC49
— Jordan. ?☭ (@Jordan_SP1) March 3, 2019
Fear who? Antifa? The kids with their faces covered carrying around homemade shields and vandalizing businesses when a conservative speaker comes to town?
— Murtaza Mohammad Hussain (@MazMHussain) March 2, 2019
Please stop. Please.
— DenverCarmen (@denvercarmen) March 3, 2019
Damn, now we really hope he announces.
To the angry lefties in the replies: this is what happens when you build a party on culture and not class. The Democrats have plenty of upper middle class and wealthy members who aren’t about your more radical agenda. The coalition is fundamentally unstable and can’t hold.
— Nick Pappas (@NickAPappas) March 3, 2019
Yep … and that’s what’s going to split the vote between the Joe Biden Democrats and everyone else, and we’re here for it.
‘Also everybody hates him’: Howard Schultz only running so Trump will win and keep his taxes lower https://t.co/IV0PcoHLxN
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 4, 2019