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Ocasio-Cortez Slams Schultz Asking Why Billionaires Aren't 'Told to Work Their Way Up,' Prompting Some to Point Out His Background

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded to criticism from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Wednesday by wondering on Twitter, “Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to ‘work their way up’ or that ‘maybe they should start with city council first’?”


Her tweet was in response to Schultz’s comments criticizing her proposed tax increases on the wealthy and even citing them as the reason he’s considering a 2020 presidential run as an Independent rather than a Democrat.

In a follow-up tweet responding to a critic, Ocasio-Cortez explained that she was discouraged from running at all despite her relevant experience.

However, as some pointed out on Twitter, Shultz did “work his way up” from a very difficult background.


Schultz was born in federally subsidized housing in Brooklyn and was the first person to graduate college in his family attending Northern Michigan University on a football scholarship. He worked his way through the ranks at Starbucks and eventually bought the company and became CEO.

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