Howard Schultz Brutally Mocked For ‘Empty Chair’ Moment: ‘It Worked So Well For Clint Eastwood’

The independent presidential hopeful said the "empty chair" would represent the American people in the immigration debate. Or something like that...

Former Starbucks CEO and current independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz participated in a Fox News town hall event in Kansas City Thursday evening. And much like everything else that he’s been involved in as he weighs a run at the White House, it was an unmitigated disaster.

At one point in the forum, the moderators asked him if he believed the migrant situation at the southern border represented a crisis, prompting the billionaire to rehash maybe the most infamous moment in presidential convention history.

Pointing to a chair on the stage, Schultz delivered the following monologue:

“It is a crisis but it can be solved. It cannot be solved currently because of the ideology of both parties. But, if I was fortunate enough to become president, this is what I can promise you. I’m about accountability. I’m about results. I would bring the people into the room, I would say you cannot come in here with ideology or ego. What I want to do is I want to put an empty chair in the room and that chair represents the American people. We’re not going to leave the room until we solve the problem for the American people. The problem that we have with both parties, the American people are not in the room. I will tell you who is in the room. Self-interest, ideology, self-preservation, and their ability to get reelected. They spend more time on both sides raising money to get reelected than they do solving of problems. It’s time to change.”

Oof.

As you could imagine, it didn’t take long for Twitter to do its thing, and before long, Schultz was the object of ridicule. And, yes, Clint Eastwood became a trending topic on the social media site.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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