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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE's reelection chances.

A number of Democrats have already entered the 2020 race, including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Trump Jr. slams 2020 Dems as 'more concerned' about rights of murderers than legal gun owners MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Biden tops Sanders nationally Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand pledges not to use 'stolen hacked' materials in 2020 campaign 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment 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.