Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz declares support for Hillary Clinton

September 8, 2016 6:00 am

Starbucks CEO (AFP)

Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, announces support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with CNN, Schultz let slip which way he was voting, saying, “I’m hopeful that after the election – and hopefully Hillary Clinton will be elected president – that we will begin to see a level of unity and people coming together.”
When asked if he had officially backed Clinton (pictured below) with that statement, the CEO responded “I guess I just did. I think it’s obvious Hillary Clinton needs to be the next president.”
Schultz, 63, is known to be politically vocal especially as a corporate leader.  
Starbucks, which has over 22,500 coffee stores, is one of the companies anti-Israel activists boycott.  
According to, it details various examples of Schultz supposed loyalty to Israel. The website says he was even given an award for being a Zionist.
“In 1998 he was honored by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah with ‘The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award’ for his services to the Zionist state in ‘playing a key role in promoting close alliance between and Israel.”
Throughout her campaign for the 2016 US presidential race, Clinton has advocated herself as a champion for Israel.  Zionist voters have in turn showed their support to her.
According to the Israeli paper Haaretz, she appeared to have easily won the Jewish vote 2-to-1, beating her Jewish rival, Bernie Sanders, in the New York primary in April.
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