From the January 28 edition of Salem Radio Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show:
HUGH HEWITT (HOST): You've written great pieces in the Post and the Washington Examiner, Salena. I want to focus on whether or not, again, you mention Beltway elites miss stories. I think they are missing Howard Schultz, and I think they are missing Venezuelan Spring, and they don't understand Americans always rally to freedom. And they don't understand that Howard Schultz represents something new and different, and maybe not the last war that they're fighting. What's your reaction? To both.
SALENA ZITO (NEW YORK POST): I absolutely agree. I absolutely agree. Yesterday, I just retweeted his announcement about running, saying that he was considering a run, and the amount of people on the left, not the right, because I think people on the right get it because they were drawn to someone outside of political sort of orthodoxy, they were so dismissive of his chances. And not even chances, but why would you run, nobody wants anyone that's outside of politics, so you'd never stand a chance. I'm like, my God, you still don't get Trump, let alone someone else?
HEWITT: They're so threatened by Schultz. Now, Democrats -- he's threatening in the way that Trump threatened the Republican establishment, Schultz threatens the Democratic establishment, and they're so threatened that they won't admit the information in that there is a path for someone like this. I don't know how much of the Republican Party is up for grabs, but it's got to be 25 percent. And I don't know how much of the Democratic Party is up for grabs if they go left, but it's got to be 25 percent.
ZITO: I agree.
HEWITT: That leaves Schultz with 50 percent and the other two with 25 percent.
ZITO: Yes, absolutely. And you know you're absolutely right, it is sort of threatening their tribe, if you will. You know, threatening their existence. And it's incredibly dismissive, and I think it's sort of dangerous in the sense that they're unable to accept change. And I think that's funny because they made fun of the people that supported Trump, because they believed that they were unable to accept change. And I thought they were the ones that were most willing to welcome it.
ZITO: It is different.
HEWITT: Yeah, disrupt.