Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reached out to the Hillary Clinton campaign to offer “confidential” advice, according to emails published by WikiLeaks.
Schultz, a major Democratic donor, wrote a lengthy email to top Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills in July 2015, in which he outlined some “respectful thoughts” on Hillary’s “stale” campaign and the candidate’s apparent lack of authenticity.
Hillary Clinton is a “brand,” Schultz wrote, and she “requires a vision for the future that is steeped in truth and authenticity.” It is unclear if he was joking.
The campaign, which had formally launched months earlier, was “too packaged and prescribed,” Schultz wrote. “The American people are longing for truth and someone to believe in.”
Schultz warned that the Clinton campaign needed to “reboot…before it’s too late.” Relying on polls was not the answer, he argued; the answer was “in her heart and her conscience.” Again, it’s unclear if he is trolling and/or being ironic, especially since it’s already ironic for the CEO of Starbucks to be giving out advice on how to appeal to millennials and appear “authentic.”
Cheryl Mills forwarded the email to other Clinton aides, including Jennifer Palmieri and Huma Abedin, noting that Schultz’s remarks were “confidential.”
Abedin wrote back to suggest that Hillary had probably presumably received the advice, given that Schultz “has so much regular contact with her.”
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