‘Grande ego’: Schultz disapproval gets personal in Starbucks’ home town

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News that the ex-Starbucks CEO is exploring a 2020 run has been met with backlash in Seattle as protesters raise concerns he will split the Democratic vote

When the former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz held an event promoting his new book in his home town of Seattle on Thursday evening, his audience was greeted by dozens of protesters holding signs decorated with coffee cups and chanting: “Pick a party.”

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