CNN faces liberal backlash for Howard Schultz town hall: 'This is how we ended up with Trump'

CNN faces liberal backlash for Howard Schultz town hall: 'This is how we ended up with Trump'
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CNN's decision to feature former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in a town hall is drawing considerable backlash on social media, mostly from the left.

Many of the critics argue that CNN should not provide an hour of prime time to Schultz, who is thinking about running for president as an independent but has yet to officially enter the presidential race.

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Schultz's flirtation with the race angered Democrats, who worry he could cost the party's candidate support in swing states and help President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE win reelection. 

Schultz, 65, began publicly mulling a presidential run as a self-described "centrist independent" last month.  

The former executive will take questions from voters "representing civic and educational organizations" at the Feb. 12 event in Houston, per a CNN announcement on Wednesday.

The backlash following the town hall announcement has been swift, with many arguing Schultz has little chance to win if he did declare and therefore shouldn't be granted a national stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The live event will be moderated by "CNN Newsroom" anchor Poppy Harlow.

Schultz resigned as Starbucks CEO in June.