Democratic National Committee chairman Chair Tom Perez must see Howard Schultz as a rube, as he called on the former Starbucks CEO to run as a Democrat if he decides to throw his hat in the ring for president.
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday evening, Perez promised that the Democratic Party will treat him fairly — Schultz may want to confer with Sen. Bernie Sanders on how the party views fairness.
“I have respect for Howard Schultz,” Perez told host Bret Baier. “If he chooses to get in the race, I hope he gets in the Democratic party. We’ll treat him very fairly.”
Baier pointed out that it’s “clear” Schultz, who doesn’t share the party’s hard left views on issues, be it the economy or health care, will run as an independent if he decides to run.
Perez replied by voicing the concern many Democrats have, that Schultz threatens to split the anti-Trump vote and help President Trump get reelected.
In a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday, Schultz, a registered Democrat, was highly critical of his party and the Republicans for their “reckless failure” of constitutional responsibility.
At a book tour stop on Monday, he called views held by many Democrats, to include Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., “un-American.” Views such as a “Green Deal” litmus test, which would be funded by hitting wealthy Americans with a marginal tax rate as high as 70 percent.
Schultz also called socialist media darling Ocasio-Cortez “misinformed.”
“If I ran as a Democrat I’d have to say things in my heart I do not believe,” he stated.
And then there’s Bernie Sander’s experience in the 2016 Democratic primary, where the self-avowed democratic socialist was railroaded by the very DNC Perez now runs in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Schultz has hired former Obama aide Bill Burton as a communications adviser, and he was confronted by NBC anchor Chuck Todd with a position Burton held in 2016 about an independent run by Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential nominee — he said Stein would help make Trump president.
“Why should you not eat those words today?” Todd asked.
“Jill Stein was in that race because she thought the two parties were too close together, the two candidates were too close together,” Burton explained. “What Howard Schultz thinks is that the polar opposites of the parties are so far apart, but the American people are close together.
“And maybe what we need is a choice for the American people to choose something different, a different path, a different kind of outcome, a different kind of politics in America.”
Burton added that if Schultz does run “we can agree that it would be a more serious effort than what Jill Stein put together.”
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