"Go back to Davos with the other billionaire elite who think they know how to run the world, " the man at the book launch shouted as private security guards hustled him out of the room and a handful of audience members booed.
So he wasn't surprised that Schultz was encountering resistance to his presidential ambitions, such as a heckler at a NY book launch on Monday. "I'll be thinking about a range of options for myself, from philanthropy to public service, but I'm a long way from knowing what the future holds".
It also shared instructions for what employees should say if someone asks about Shultz's "political intentions". "And that is sharing success with people, bringing people along with me", Schultz said.
But even those close to Schultz acknowledge that he hasn't had a ideal week, the biggest blunder being the deleted tweet.
Schultz, who is now eyeing an independent bid for president, made his claim during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Besides, America already has that!More news: WWE Rumors: Why Ronda Rousey Might Quit After WrestleMania 35
To date, Schultz has commissioned at least six national polls on his viability and place in the 2020 field, the advisers said.
"And no one wants to see him fired more than me", Schultz said. "And I wanted to clarify the word 'independent, ' which I view merely as a designation on the ballot".
Last Sunday, the CBS program 60 Minutes aired an interview in which Schultz, who described himself as a "lifelong Democrat", indicated he was considering a presidential run - as an independent. Schultz said in the video. Earlier in the day, Michael Bloomberg disavowed his own proposed independent bid, noting that "given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win". So it has to be a different way.
"I must be doing something right to create so much interest and backlash from the Democratic Party".
Burton said it may not be until "summer or fall" when Schultz makes a decision. "And that is unacceptable to me".