Liberals Not Happy About Potential Howard Schultz Third Party Run

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is thinking about running for president as an independent, and liberals are not happy about it.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and former Hillary Clinton adviser, said she would start a boycott of Starbucks. Ian Millhiser, "justice editor" for Think Progress agreed.


Brian Fallon, Clinton's former campaign spokesman, called Schultz a "villain."

Vox blogger Matthew Yglesias suggested Schultz's potential candidacy could be a conspiracy to reelect President Donald Trump.

CNN's Ana Navarro suggested Schultz is another "big ego" with "deep pockets" being hoodwinked by consultants. Schultz has hired an "elite PR team" headed by ex-Republican Steve Schmidt.

Others echoed calls for boycotts of the billionaire's coffee empire, but said Schultz could unite the country.

Finally, Free Beacon man of the year Michael Avenatti weighed in on potential unintended consequences of a Schultz run.

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Elizabeth Harrington is a senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for Her email address is Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.

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