If Howard Schultz, the ex-CEO of Starbucks, runs for president as an independent, there's too high a risk that he will siphon off enough votes to enable Donald Trump to win a second term in 2020.
So here's how to tell Schultz, "Don't run for president."
There's a Contact Us link on his website, though it isn't very obvious, being at the bottom of the site pages. That's why I'm sharing the link -- to make it easier for people to urge Schultz to hold off on his vanity presidential campaign. It's https://www.howardschultz.com/contact-us
Naturally you can say whatever you like in your message to Schultz. This is what I said:
Please don't run for president as an independent. If you do, there's too great a chance you'll make Trump the winner in 2020. And if you do, I promise that I won't ever enter another Starbucks, and I'll urge everyone I know to do the same.
If you need persuading that Schultz could tilt the 2020 election to Trump, read a New York Times opinion piece, "Howard Schultz, Please Don't Run for President." Excerpt:
There are policies that could potentially break the two-party stranglehold on our politics. Ranked-choice voting, which Maine used for the 2018 congressional elections, lets voters select candidates in order of preference. One by one, the candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated. Their supporters’ votes are apportioned to those voters’ next-highest choice, until someone emerges with a majority.
If Schultz were serious about challenging party monopolies he might invest some of his fortune in efforts to pass similar reforms elsewhere.
Absent such changes, his candidacy would threaten to siphon away enough votes to give Trump a second term.
In 2015 and 2016, Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman whose politics are much like Schultz’s, considered mounting an independent campaign for president. His team looked closely at poll data and focus groups, and found he’d be potentially competitive only in blue states. “All of the results were very consistent,” Howard Wolfson, Bloomberg’s political adviser told me. “An independent with Mike’s profile would have merely resulted in Trump’s election.”