GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to end the lease of a successful Starbucks store in his New York City hotel, Trump Towers, because the company’s paper coffee cups are not quite festive enough for right-wing Christians.
The popular global coffee chain this year rolled out bright red cups with a green Starbucks logo, reflecting the traditional color scheme of the winter holiday season. The lack of Christmas-themed imagery prompted conservatives to get angry over the non-issue of the Starbucks coffee cup design.
“If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, that I can tell you,” the real estate mogul railed on Monday. The sentiment is a new one, apparently.
@shanesgranny Thanks and Happy Holidays.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2014
The furor over the cups originated with evangelical Joshua Feuerstein, who ranted in an online video about the plain red design while apparently amped up on caffeine. Standing outside a Starbucks store holding his red cup, Feurstein very forcefully described telling the barista his name was “Merry Christmas” so the phrase would be written on his cup, and urged other “great Americans” to do the same. He also pointed out he was wearing his Jesus shirt and armed with a gun while doing so.
Trump the maneuvering politician may have to contend with Trump the savvy businessman, however. As Right Wing Watch points out, Trump’s hotels have to accommodate potential clients who don’t celebrate Christmas, just as the Starbucks corporation does.
“Hey look, I’m speaking against myself,” Trump told the audience. “I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Towers. 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. Who cares? Who cares?”
As Right Wing Watch pointed out, a holiday ad from last year also declared a War on Christmas by wishing “Happy Holidays, from the Trump Hotel Collection.” Time will tell if Trump takes action against his own business by booting out a popular coffee chain or foisting the Christian holiday on every guest that stays at his hotels.
Watch Trump’s comments, via Right Wing Watch, here:
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"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."