Is Howard Schultz Helping Trump for a Second Term in Office?

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In a recent TV interview, Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO accused Donald Trump of being ''unqualified'' to lead our country. Schultz also highlighted that in spite of working for the well-being of the American people, both the Republicans and the Democrats are actively engaged in revenge politics.

Howard Schultz, who has always been describing as a convinced, lifelong Democrat, is often rumored to have political aspirations. According to anonymous sources familiar with the matter, Schultz is seriously considering launching an independent bid for the White House in 2020. It is believed that Schultz, has already hired some top-notch political consultants, among which Steve Schmidt. Next to his role as a vice president of the public relations firm Edelman, Schmidt was also in charge for the Republican Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

Julián Castro, the Democratic presidential candidate that a potential presidential candidacy by Howard Schultz would only give Donald Trump better chances to be re-elected. In addition to that, Castro cited a recent survey by Public Policy Pooling, according to which President Trump has the support of 41-42 percent of the respondents no matter which Democratic candidate they polled against him. 

Tina Podlowski, the Democratic Party chair in Schultz's home state, Washington shared the Castro's opinion, highlighting that running for President as an independent at this point, is not a wise move. 

For David Axelrod, part of the Barack Obama's advisory team, Schultz's candidacy for President is the best news Donald Trump has received this week. Dan Pfeiffer, also a former adviser of Obama, went further by saying that is a ''half-baked'' idea which could cause severe external issues to the Democratic Party. 

The last independent candidate who has broken into the double digits was the entrepreneur Ross Perot in 1992. Back then, he gathered 20 percent of the popular vote. During the previous elections in 2016, third party and independent candidates failed to break out.

On January 28, Schultz, who was had been serving as a Starbucks CEO for 24 years, will start a national book tour to promote his memoir ''From the Ground Up: My Journey to Reimagine the Role of a Global Business''. 

Do you think that a potential Schultz's candidacy would split the Democratic vote and help Trump to get a second term in office?