Schultz 'unfazed' by pushback to 2020 candidacy by Dems

Schultz 'unfazed' by pushback to 2020 candidacy by Dems
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Sunday said he's "unfazed" by the criticism he received on social media after his announcement that he is considering an independent bid for the White House in 2020.

Schultz told Axios following his announcement in an interview with "60 Minutes" that some Democrats would be upset if he runs, but he is unconcerned about winning "the Twitter primary."

"I'm putting myself in a position that I know is going to create hate, anger, disenfranchisement from friends, from Democrats," Schultz said.


"I believe that lifelong Democrats and lifelong Republicans are looking for a home, and they're not spending hours and hours on Twitter," he added.

Schultz said in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night that he's "seriously considering running for president" as a "centrist independent."

The former Starbucks head took to Twitter to share that sentiment on Sunday night, where he was met with thousands of replies from users urging him not to enter the race. Many expressed concerns that an independent bid could siphon votes from a Democratic candidate, and boost President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE's reelection chances.

A number of Democrats have already entered the 2020 race, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders allies in new uproar over DNC convention appointments Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandIt's time for paid leave for all GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change MORE (D-N.Y.). The Democratic primary field is expected to be the largest in history with more than two dozen hopefuls reportedly mulling a bid.