The former CEO of Starbucks and a former presidential hopeful who toyed with the idea of making an independent run for president has now endorsed Joe Biden and promises he will contribute to the campaign.
According to Fox Business:
“In my view, our choice this November is not just for one candidate over another,” Schultz wrote in a letter to supporters. “We are choosing to vote for the future of our republic.” Schultz went on to say, “What is at risk is democracy itself: Checks and balances. Rigorous debate. A free press. An acceptance of facts, not ‘alternate facts.’ Belief in science. Trust in the rule of law. A strong judicial system. Unity in preserving all of our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Taking aim at President Trump‘s repeated attacks on voting by mail – which many Americans feel is a safer option due to health concerns over in-person voting at polling stations amid the coronavirus pandemic – Schultz stressed that it’s “essential that Americans turn out to vote, that every American is able to vote safely, whether by mail or in person, and that every vote is counted. It would be a grave miscalculation to think this election is secured for a Biden victory.” He highlighted that he’s “supporting nonpartisan initiatives to defend the legitimacy of our elections and ensure that the winner is not declared in the presidential contest until all votes are tallied.”
Schultz mulled an independent White House run at the beginning of 2019, and hired some veteran political advisers. He took part in a primetime Fox News town hall in April of last year. But five months later, Schultz officially cut the cord on any presidential bid, saying at the time that he didn’t want to be a spoiler for the eventual Democratic nominee.
In his letter, Schultz spotlighted two of his organizations that he and his wife Sheri are using to “help to build a more moral, more decent America.”
Schultz no longer serves as the CEO of the controversial coffee chain but continues to interject himself into politics.
President Trump famously ripped Howard Schultz in 2019:
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
Liberals were upset at Schultz’s apparent entrance into the 2020 fray, but their backlash wasn’t enough to dissuade Schultz from endorsing Biden.
If Howard Schultz were "seriously thinking" about an independent run for president, he would have abandoned the idea already. I've had undergrad students with a more compelling platform than Schultz offered tonight. @60Minutes https://t.co/pQUxXftruy— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) January 28, 2019
Has @HowardSchultz ever heard the old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions?” Someone should explain it to him. His slogan might as well be, “Re-elect Trump”.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) January 28, 2019
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