Last week, three separate yet fundamentally unifiable stories broke. And for once, not one of those stories directly involved President Trump.
Just that alone is an achievement; if Trump has learned anything during his tenure, it’s that the best week is not one in which he is the main focus of the news cycle, but one in which his rivals exemplify their insanity and immorality and steal the spotlight.
The first of these stories broke on Sunday evening, in which it was announced that Howard Schultz, the ex-Starbucks CEO, will run in the next presidential election as an independent. This immediately drew allusions to past elections, including the 2000 presidential election — in which it’s arguable that then-independent candidate Ralph Nader allowed then-candidate George W. Bush to win due to Nader splitting the vote among left-leaners.
In his 60 Minutes interview, Schultz criticized both parties, saying that “both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people.”
Immediately after the announcement, Democrats responded angrily to the possibility of Schultz splitting the vote and allowing Trump to be re-elected. Democrat Julian Castro — who announced he’s running in 2020 — spoke about this plausibility, saying in an interview on CNN that Schultz running “would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.”