AOC steps in it, asks why billionaires like Schultz don’t need to ‘work their way up’ before running for POTUS

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Another day, another opportunity to school Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist joined the growing choir of dissent against Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, who indicated earlier this week that he was mulling over a third-party run in the 2020 presidential election.

As Democrats have gone into a meltdown over the possibility, Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday demanded to know why billionaires like the coffee chain’s former CEO don’t have to “work their way up” before running for president.

The freshman lawmaker appeared to be responding to a Daily Beast tweet from Tuesday reporting on an interview Schultz gave to CNBC Monday saying he could not run as a Democrat for president because he did not like Ocasio-Cortez’s 70-percent marginal tax rate idea.

“I respect the Democratic Party. I no longer feel affiliated because I don’t know their views represent the majority of Americans. I don’t think we want a 70 percent income tax in America,” he said.

The 29-year-old New York congresswoman tweeted her comments on Wednesday.

Her remarks drew a universal face-palm on Twitter.

The 65-year-old, with a net worth of $3.4 billion according to Forbes, stepped in as CEO of Starbucks in 1987, stepping down in June 2018 after expanding the Seattle, Washington-based company from 11 stores to more than 28,000 worldwide.

Schultz, the former owner of the Seattle SuperSonics,  grew up in a Brooklyn housing project and was the first in his family to go to college, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Michigan University where he attended on a football scholarship.

“I came from the projects and took advantage of the promise of the country. I am living proof of the American Dream,” Schultz told CNBC.

Schultz worked for three years with Xerox Corporation before joining Starbucks in 1982 as director of operations and marketing, when the coffee chain only had four Starbucks stores.

Ocasio-Cortez found some who agreed with her view, claiming there are plenty of voices telling billionaires like Schultz to stay in their own lane.

But plenty of Twitter users called out Ocasio-Cortez and her clueless comments.

For many Twitter users, it was just another day with Ocasio-Cortez.

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