Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Wednesday night that he had removed a tweet promoting a column containing disparaging references to two Democratic senators because he "did not want to be confused with anyone".
According to an interview on "Anderson Cooper 360" about why he deleted the tweet, Schultz replied that "it was because I did not want to get into the mud with anyone".
"I do not want to engage in a policy of revenge, which is obviously the problem I identify," he said. "I do not want to be part of the confusion, I want to speak in a positive and aspirational way and do everything in my power to raise the tone of the national conversation, which is what is needed."
The tweet, however, disappeared from Schultz's Twitter feed after a Washington Post reporter was interviewed, the newspaper reported. A Schultz advisor also told the post that Schultz was not personally responsible for the tweet.
Schultz is considering an independent centrist candidacy for the White House, which has upset the Democrats who felt that Schultz would steal the Democratic candidate's votes and lead to the re-election of President Donald Trump.
Schultz, however, told CNN that it was a "false story" and that "nobody wants to see President Trump sacked and removed from office more than me." He thinks that if the elections take place between Trump and a leftist democrat, like Warren or Harris, Trump would win.
He also criticized Warren and Harris for their progressive policies such as "Medicare-for-all" and to raise taxes on the rich.