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Howard Schultz's ‘empty chair’ idea reminds Twitter of Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech

During a Fox News town hall event on Thursday, presidential candidate and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz suggested that he would address immigration issues by having members of Congress talk to an empty chair. Twitter quickly pounced, comparing the moment to Clint Eastwood’s infamous speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“What I want to do is I want to put an empty chair in the room, and that chair represents the American people,” Schultz said, gesturing toward his own empty chair on set. “We're not going to leave the room until we solve the problem for the American people. The problem that we have with both parties, the American people are not in the room.”

His comments quickly sparked memories of Eastwood’s 2012 speech in support of Senator Mitt Romney – who ran against President Barack Obama – when Eastwood spoke to an empty chair that he pretended was occupied by Obama.

It didn’t take long for the 88-year-old actor to start trending on Twitter:

Then there are those who didn’t like Schultz’s “empty chair” idea, without it invoking memories of Eastwood’s speech.

Still, there were some who agreed with Schultz’s perspective.

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