Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tells former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz he should work his way up after he recently announced his possible run for presidency in 2020.
That's right, she claims that billionaires need to "work their way up." After this statement she was hit hard with the easy rebuttal that he did work his way up in life.
Schultz is considering running for president as a "centrist" independent. We all know that Schultz is not much of a centrist and would take a huge chunk of the left's votes. The left knows this as well as anyone and is freaking out about it. Not only was he the CEO of liberal Starbucks, but he also is a lifelong Democrat.
I love our country, and I am seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 28, 2019
Though Schultz said on CBS that he does still respect the Democratic Party, but “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.”
“The way I’ve come to this decision is, I believe that if I ran as a Democrat, I would have to say things that I know in my heart I do not believe, and I would have to be disingenuous,” Schultz added.
The comment by Schultz woke Ocasio-Cortez up and caused her to blast billionaires who run for presidency.
Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to “work their way up” or that “maybe they should start with city council first”? https://t.co/3d8Nenrvl5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019
The bad part about AOC's statement is that Schultz is the definition of someone "working their way up." He grew up in the projects in Brooklyn and worked his way up his entire life.
He also worked as a bartender, like Ocasio-Cortez, along with several other jobs. Eventually he found Starbucks and worked his way up the entire corporate ladder.
Luckily, the internet was ready to greet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with some cold hard facts after her absurd statement.
He lived in a housing project. https://t.co/LTsdM0fO4D
— Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) January 30, 2019
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) January 30, 2019
Building a $83 billion global company from basically nothing is ... something? https://t.co/s4VmeBNt86
— Steve Goldstein (@MKTWgoldstein) January 30, 2019
Schultz responded to the comment Ocasio-Cortez made that billionaires are "police failures."
“It’s so un-American to think that way,” Schultz said. “I’m self-made. I came from the projects and took advantage of the promise of the country. I’m living proof of the American dream.”
Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) saying billionaires are "policy failures" and America is "immoral" for allowing them: "It's so un-American to think that way. I'm self-made...I came from the projects...I'm living proof of the American dream" pic.twitter.com/vIsh5fpCLb
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 30, 2019
Elizabeth Warren joined in with Ocasio-Cortez in criticizing billionaires. She directly responded to Schultz saying AOC's plan to tax the wealthy is "ridiculous."
What's “ridiculous” is billionaires who think they can buy the presidency to keep the system rigged for themselves while opportunity slips away for everyone else. The top 0.1%, who'd pay my #UltraMillionaireTax, own about the same wealth as 90% of America. It's time for change. https://t.co/D04G5fNvpa
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 29, 2019
In the video below Schultz explains how “everyone should have a chance in America.”
People need real opportunities to help themselves, not unrealistic policies and promises. Genuine opportunities, like the ones I had, which helped me leave the housing projects of Brooklyn and realize my dreams. #ReimagineUS pic.twitter.com/oUBxTN57iW
— Howard Schultz (@HowardSchultz) January 30, 2019