Ocasio-Cortez just dunked on Howard Schultz and his centrist negativity in a brutal tweet

Former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz must realize that a lot of the attendees at the annual South By Southwest conference drink a large amount of the high-priced coffee served at his old cafe chain. What other reason could he have to think that his exploratory bid to run for president in 2020 would be well received at the yearly gathering of hipsters, musicians, filmmakers, tech heads, and intellectuals?

The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel live-tweeted from Schultz’s SXSW appearance and, judging from his description of the crowd’s response to the coffee baron’s speech, an affinity for caffeine does not a Schultz supporter make.

Presenting himself as an independent candidate running straight down the center of the political divide, Schultz got off to a rocky start with the assembled crowd.

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While his critique of the two-party system did garner the first positive reaction from the audience, most attendees remember the tightness of the 2016 race to win the votes necessary to conquer the electoral college and the role that the third party candidate for the Green Party, Jill Stein, played in drawing votes away from Hillary Clinton and resulting in the election of Donald Trump.

Schultz is still convinced that after the nightmare of Donald Trump, Americans still want to be represented by a politically inexperienced billionaire with no idea of how regular people live. Despite the progressive ideas and leftist energy that brought Democrats back into the majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, Schultz maintains a commitment to the status quo in terms of environmental policy, solving income inequality, and other progressive priorities.

Schultz’s antipathy to the concept of a Green New Deal caught the attention of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), one of the co-authors of the ambitious series of policy goals that are outlined in the progressive wish list.

The Bronx-born representative took to Twitter with a brilliantly sarcastic reply to the comments that Schultz made to the unenthusiastic crowd at SXSW.

While Schultz’s reception at SXSW suggests that he poses little threat to any other politician running for president in 2020, it’s foolish to think that a billionaire couldn’t disrupt the dynamics of a close race by squandering their own money on massive media buys and wind up putting Donald Trump back in the White House instead of the “big house” where he belongs.

Weigel’s recounting of one question Schultz faced from the SXSW crowd hopefully will discourage the frappuccino mogul from continuing in his efforts to jump into the political ring.

If Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s brutal mocking wasn’t embarrassing enough, Schultz is set to be on the receiving end of much worse mockery if he doesn’t give up his futile dream soon.

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