On Monday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced he will resign from his position on June 26, sparking speculation that a presidential run is in the works for 2020.
In response to the speculation, Schultz said, “I intend to think about a range of options, and that could include public service. But I’m a long way from making any decisions about the future.”
His first plans are to write a book about Starbucks’ social impact efforts (yup, that sounds like something a future politician would do). In a letter to Starbucks employees, Schultz wrote, “Starbucks changed the way millions of people drink coffee, this is true, but we also changed people’s lives in communities around the world for the better.”
Schultz was reportedly considered as a vice presidential candidate by Hillary Clinton in 2016, and if Schultz were to enter any political race, he would undoubtedly run on a liberal platform. Should this be the case, liberals ought to give him the same criticism they gave Donald Trump for running as an outsider. Not doing so would be utterly hypocritical.
Trump ran as an outsider because that his entire campaign was to “drain the swamp” and replace stagnant politicians with a fresh business mind. But Schultz likely has the same platform as the very Democrats Trump campaigned against for mucking up American politics.
Businessmen with no political experience and no new ideas are generally not well-equipped to run the country, no matter how socially progressive they claim their enterprise was.
Because bottom line, writing “Come Together” on coffee cups is not policy.