Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz hasn’t technically announced a presidential bid in 2020, but he’s certainly mulling one.
But the idea of him jumping into an already crowded 2020 field has sparked outrage from Democrats, who worry an independent candidacy could split the anti-Donald Trump vote and pave the way for his re-election.
Schultz dismissed the criticism as a “false narrative” and argued that it would be a “far left progressive Democrat” who would hand Trump a second term.
But he also vowed that he “never put myself in a position where I would be the person who re-elects Donald Trump, but that is not what I believe today.”
Last year, Schultz stepped down from his role as Starbucks chairman and CEO.
He said last month he is considering a run as a “centrist independent.”