Trump's assessment, delivered in a morning tweet, followed a segment Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes" in which the billionaire Schultz confirmed that he is preparing to launch an independent 2020 campaign for president. "I believe that lifelong Democrats and lifelong Republicans are looking for a home, and they're not spending hours and hours on Twitter". "That's a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can't afford to run it now".
"The stakes couldn't be higher".
Howard Schultz announced a possible independent presidential run, and some liberals are already calling for a boycott of the company he used to run - Starbucks. I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!
In response to a question about his business experience, he said he had "a long history of recognizing, I'm not the smartest person in the room". This has lots of Democrats freaking the fuck out because they're afraid he'll split the ticket and swing the election in Trump's favor. "I want to see America win".
"I am seriously thinking of running for president", Schultz said. Which is doubtful. In any case, Schultz would have done well to stay off Twitter, where he got ratio'ed to hell and back and was the victim of a unified pile-on the likes of which we haven't seen in some time.
As for Trump's line about Schultz not being the "smartest person", here's what Schultz said in full context.
Without mentioning the book, he said in a video posted Monday that he would soon embark on a "listening and learning" tour of the U.S.
Schultz used the national interview to explain why he would run as in independent.
Schultz, 65, whose political ambitions have been widely rumored for years, would be making his first run for public office.
The consensus among Democrats and everyone else who doesn't want to see Donald Trump reelected is that if Shultz entered the race, it would basically guarantee Trump a second term. He stepped down as chairman in June 2018, sparking rumors of a presidential bid.
"I have a concern that, if he did run, that, essentially, it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting reelected", Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary, told CNN's "State of the Union".
No Independent candidate has ever won a USA presidential election, although some have played the role of spoiler.
Ralph Nader's Green Party candidacy in 2000 attracted far more votes in Florida than the margin by which Republican George W. Bush won the decisive state over Democrat Al Gore. In 2013, Starbucks asked customers not to bring guns into stores following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and in 2015, Schultz drew anger and ridicule after he urged baristas to write "Race Together" on cups to spark conversations amid tension over police shootings of black men. He added that he would be open to fresh ideas because he was "not in bed with any political party".