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Why Howard Schultz Warns That Donald Trump Can Win Again At SXSW

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says Donald Trump can win again if he is running against someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. That's because "most Americans won't embrace socialism," he said during a keynote presentation at SXSW on Saturday. He added that it seems to him that the Democratic Party has determined that the way to beat Donald Trump is socialism. AUSTIN, TEXAS – Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz warned that the chances of Donald Trump being re-elected were very real. It could be a possibility if he stopped running against someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, "or one of these types" on the democratic side, he said. "The vast majority of Americans will not embrace socialism," he said during a keynote presentation at SXSW on Saturday and added that it turned out that the Democratic Party had determined that the way to beat Donald Trump was socialism. "I have the right to disagree with what they [The Democrats] propose," he said. "A free-trade system is at the heart of our democracy" and to move towards socialism is against that principle. Schultz said that as an independent candidate he did not intend to run against any party. Instead, he wanted to run to fix the broken bipartite system. "I'm not running against the Democrats, I drive because the two-party system is broken, dysfunctional and needs great repair," he said. Shultz added that the "litmus test" of the fact that the democrats had been too far…

  • Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says Donald Trump can win again if he is running against someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders.
  • That’s because “most Americans won’t embrace socialism,” he said during a keynote presentation at SXSW on Saturday.
  • He added that it seems to him that the Democratic Party has determined that the way to beat Donald Trump is socialism.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz warned that the chances of Donald Trump being re-elected were very real.

It could be a possibility if he stopped running against someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, “or one of these types” on the democratic side, he said.

“The vast majority of Americans will not embrace socialism,” he said during a keynote presentation at SXSW on Saturday and added that it turned out that the Democratic Party had determined that the way to beat Donald Trump was socialism.

“I have the right to disagree with what they [The Democrats] propose,” he said. “A free-trade system is at the heart of our democracy” and to move towards socialism is against that principle.

Schultz said that as an independent candidate he did not intend to run against any party. Instead, he wanted to run to fix the broken bipartite system.

“I’m not running against the Democrats, I drive because the two-party system is broken, dysfunctional and needs great repair,” he said.

Shultz added that the “litmus test” of the fact that the democrats had been too far towards socialism was that even former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg considered driving as an independent.

He also hit the critics questioning him, given a leap for the president and said he would not let “pundits” and “cynics” tell him what is possible and what is not.

“How many entrepreneurs in this room have heard your dream come true?” he asked and invited a round of applause from the audience. He said that while the construction of Starbucks to a successful company cannot be a proxy to run the country, it was a proxy for the management that he would bring to the table.

When asked to define socialism by an audience, he said: “Just look at Venezuela.”

“We don’t want a government take over our lives, we want the freedom to drive happiness in America,” he said.

When the moderator and NBC News journalist Dylan Byers pointed out that he did not have a good campaign paradigm in line with a “Yes We Can” or “Make America Great Agian,” he said he had not yet officially announced that he was driving to president , and that when he did, he would come armed with a differentiated brand.

“Over the past 40 years, I know a little about creating a brand,” he said.

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