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:
‘They deserve it’: Republican strategist tells GOP it’s their own fault for going down with Trump because ‘they know better’
Republican strategist Susan del Percio said that there is no excuse for GOP members who failed to do the right thing and fight back against President Donald Trump when they had the opportunity.
Speaking to MSNBC's Joy Reid Thursday, del Percio called Trump "the anchor" around the GOP's necks, "dragging them down."
"But, you know what, they deserve it," she continued. "There are Republicans out there that deserve this because they know better. They should have been better on impeachment. They should have been holding him accountable all along. Now they are scared and worried about themselves. Well, boohoo, you brought it on. there's no excuse."
‘The monarch has taken a body blow’: Ex-prosecutor explains why Court ruling is devastating for Trump
On MSNBC Thursday, former federal prosecutor John Flannery broke down the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling against President Donald Trump on immunity from subpoenas.
"I think what it says is that the monarch has taken a body blow as a result of what will be an historic decision, as we've indicated," said Flannery. "I think that the position of the DA in New York is very special, because he can speed this up in a way that the House can',t and has a specific strength, I think, in this case, that it is criminal."
"The most significant thing about it is this is the first Supreme Court case in which there's ever been agreed that a prosecutor could subpoena a president," added Flannery. "Prior prosecutions have been federal, that have been treated by the Supreme Court. So this is a big difference. The majority of the court, 7-2, basically said, from 1740 on, the public is entitled to the testimony, to the evidence of any person. They said that the documents — the question is the character documents, not the character of the person. In this case, what we have is a situation which I bet that the DA is going to go to the court as soon as possible, move to compel an appearance to their subpoena, and going to have the discussion as to what if anything may be limited or excluded and get production as quickly as possible."
George Conway reveals how Mary Trump’s book and the Supreme Court prove the ‘walls are closing in’ on the president
Republican lawyer and "Lincoln Project" co-founder, George Conway, wrote in a Washington Post column Thursday that there are a lot of commonalities in Mary Trump's forthcoming tell-all book and the Supreme Court decision passed down in President Donald Trump's case with New York prosecutor Cy Vance.
Mary Trump, who is a clinical psychologist, delivers "professional judgments about the president's indisputable narcissism and, perhaps, sociopathy dovetail with those that other experts have reached before," wrote Conway. "Yet it's not the possible diagnoses that give Mary Trump's book its punch. It's the factual detail — detail that only a family member could provide."