Starbucks has chosen to go with the classy “less is more” approach for this year’s holiday cups.
Instead of snowflakes, reindeer, Santa Claus, and other things that would make the cups clearly a celebration of Christmas, the popular coffee shop chain has chosen to have holiday cups in a plain, festive red, complete with the signature Starbucks logo in green and white on the front.
Well, the faithful don’t like this one bit. The stoked fires of paranoia, namely the “War on Christmas,” have returned.
Enter Donald Trump. Being the shameless opportunist that he is, he has hopped on that bandwagon with a vengeance. Trump had a campaign rally Monday night, following a wildly successful — and also heavily boycotted — appearance on Saturday Night Live. At the rally, Trump called for a boycott of Starbucks because they had the gall to make their cups anything but a blatant endorsement of Christmas. With a reminder to everyone that he’s really rich and owns lots of buildings, Trump said:
“I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care. By the way, that’s the end of that lease but who cares?”
He went on to promise,
“If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you. Unbelievable.”
Hear that? If Trump gets the nod, you’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” in your sleep, Americans.