Donald Trump should welcome Howard Schultz — and his anti-Trump voters — into 2020 race

President Trump’s rude reaction to Howard Schultz’s possible entry into the 2020 presidential campaign was a bit surprising.

“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for president,” Trump tweeted after the billionaire former Starbucks CEO said he’s seriously considering an independent bid for the White House. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

You’d think Trump would welcome Schultz, or any other serious third-party or no-party contender, into the race. Such a quixotic candidacy would be the best thing that could happen to the president’s own re-election prospects — maybe even his only hope of winning a second term.

Or maybe Trump is just conning us. That certainly wouldn’t be a first.

Schultz should pull Democrats to the center

Schultz, who just happens to be on a book tour, says he won’t decide about running for a while. He says he won’t run unless he believes he can win, but billionaires can convince themselves that unbelievable things are believable.

Read Howard Schultz on a possible 2020 run: A third-party centrist candidate like me could win the presidency in 2020

We’ve got a guy like that in the White House now, for instance.

But Schultz also says he can’t run in either party, and wants to offer anti-Trump voters an alternative to a Democratic field he sees drifting too far left of the mainstream.

Source: Read Full Article