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.

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