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.

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"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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's reelection chances.

A number of Democrats have already entered the 2020 race, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash 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.