Former Clinton Adviser Philippe Reines Pans ‘Jackass’ Howard Schultz: ‘He’s Arrogant and Wealthy’
Democratic operatives are not keen on billionaire Howard Schultz‘s flirtation with a 2020 run as an independent, including former Clinton adviser Philippe Reines.
“Howard Schultz is a jackass,” said Reines, in a comment to Axios for a report on the “Furious Democrats” trying to beat Schultz out of contention.
“He’s arrogant and wealthy — and those people tend to not see the world as it is,” Reines added.
Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, also disapproved of Schultz’s proposed bid as a “centrist independent.”
“He can’t win, and he could seriously damage our ability to beat Donald Trump,” Messina told Axios. “He should either run as a Democrat, or spend his time and money doing something that won’t ruin the world.
On Twitter, Reines went after Schultz as an opportunist whose criticism of Democratic proposals for health care is a case of misreading the electorate.
He’s misreading the electorate. Yes there’s a solid % of voters calling themselves “Independent,” but it doesn’t mean they aren’t as pissed as the rest of us. These days very few are tepid, on any side. He’s confusing self-identification w intensity. Independents are ripshit too.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) January 28, 2019
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