Starbucks' Schultz on Election Outcome: 'I Am Stunned'

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Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz attends the 2016 Starbucks Partner Family Forum at Shangri-La Hotel on January 12 in Chengdu, China.
Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz attends the 2016 Starbucks Partner Family Forum at Shangri-La Hotel on January 12 in Chengdu, China. Credit: VCG via Getty Images
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Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, who voiced his support for Hillary Clinton in September, reacted to the election results in a note to the coffee company's staff Wednesday.

Mr. Schultz, in a letter shared by the company, said he was stunned by the outcome and urged people to take care of each other.

"As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together," Mr. Schultz said in the message, which was posted online.

The thoughts were an extension of a letter shared on Sunday, two days before the election, when Mr. Schultz wrote "I woke up this morning feeling a bit anxious about Tuesday's election. Regardless of the outcome, our nation will feel divided," in a message entitled "The Promise of America."

Here is the letter Mr. Schultz sent on Wednesday:

Dear Partners,

Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned.

We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season.

As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together.

Whether you are pleased or disappointed by the outcome, we each still have a choice. Today and every day, we have a choice in how we treat one another in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and of course in our stores.

We can choose to answer the challenges of the day with kindness and compassion. We can choose to listen, to understand and to act with respect. We can choose to live by the values that reside in each of us, and honor our commitment to nurture the human spirit with love, and offer everyone in our stores and communities a place of inclusion and optimism.

Today, I trust you, and I trust all that is good in our country. Let's take care of each other and the people in our lives. I believe we will each find the best version of ourselves to help our country move on in the direction we all deserve. Together is where our collective power lies, as partners, and as Americans.

I am so very proud to be your partner.

Onward,

Howard