All the ridicule directed at Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz’s potential presidential bid is just encouraging him, New York Magazine reports.
When Schultz was heckled at a book signing event in New York, he told a friend, ““We’ve clearly struck a nerve.” And Schultz has been telling his team: “We touched the third rail! And this is what happens when we touch the third rail!”
Schultz has drawn ire from liberals who think a run as an independent would just help Donald Trump get re-elected.
“Oddly enough, he’s become a magnet for vitriol — oddly enough! — from the left! It’s incredible. These are the people who should be celebrating new ideas!” his friend Billy Etkin told New York.
Added his pollster Greg Strimple: “The reaction we got from the extremes is proof-positive that we’ve struck a chord. That sounds really basic, but I think it’s true: We go out there, Howard says on 60 Minutes he’s thinking of running for president, and the world becomes unglued…How can that one sentence unglue the whole political Establishment of the most powerful country on Earth? It tells me we’re onto something.”