“He is guileless, and he wears his sincerity on his sleeve.” Howard Schultz last week announced that he was stepping down as the executive chairman of Starbucks, and hinted that he might run for president.
President Donald Trump's surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election has fueled speculation that other prominent businesspeople could follow in his political footsteps.
However, a lot of Schultz's fellow Seattleites have expressed skepticism given the businessman's 2016 sale of the city's NBA team, the Seattle Supersonics.
On Wednesday, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote
"Politics, though, is nothing but the local," Westneat wrote. "This is one reason global business executives tend to make terrible politicians."
Westneat also said Schultz was not ruthless enough to take down Trump.
Seattleites on Twitter were similarly unenthused by a potential Schultz presidential run.
Mike Gastineau, a longtime local talk radio host, ran a poll asking which country a President Schultz would be most likely to "sell America to when things get tough."
If Howard Schultz gets elected president who will he ultimately sell America to when things get tough.— Mike Gastineau (@gasman206) June 5, 2018
Seattle sports journalist
There is only one reason to root for the tall drip HoHo Schultz to run for president: In a debate format he might actually be forced to answer for selling the Sonics to carpetbaggers.— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) June 5, 2018
Conservative Seattle commentator Jason Rantz joked that Schultz is so hated that he might push residents of his overwhelmingly Democratic city to vote for Trump.
Schultz running for President could be the first time Seattle votes Republican. Who is hated here more than Trump? The guy who got rid of the Sonics. Schultz is hated here. https://t.co/GAaysISSdF— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) June 4, 2018