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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds To Attack From Billionaire Howard Schultz

On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for his possible run for president with no previous political experience. If you remember, Ocasio-Ortez was herself criticized by some for running for federal office before holding a more local position. Her tweet about Schultz was just pointing out the double standard.

In response to a Daily Beast headline about Schultz, Ocasio-Cortez, 29, tweeted, “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’?”

Schultz, 65, announced on Sunday that he was “seriously considering” running for president as an independent in 2020. Democrats are worried his possible run would mean fewer votes for whoever the Democratic candidate is, leading to the re-election of Donald Trump (please no).

Schultz claims that he wants to represent moderate voters who aren’t happy with either Republicans or Democrats. On Tuesday morning, he said, “It’s far two extremes on both sides and the silent majority of America does not have a voice, and that’s the voice I want to give.”

The former CEO already expressed disagreements he has with several Democrats’ policies. He criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to institute a 70 percent marginal tax rate on anyone earning more than $10 million annually (gee, I wonder why). He also called Sen. Kamala Harris’ plan for “Medicare For All” as “not American,” and called Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan for a 2 percent tax on Americans whose net worth is more than $50 billion “ridiculous.” (Again, curious.)

In response, Warren tweeted, “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 #UltraMillionaire Tax, own about the same wealth as 90% of America. It’s time for change.”

Great, just what we need. Another billionaire with zero previous experience running for president.

h/t: The Hill

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