Some religious conservatives have expressed anger over the coffee company’s holiday cups
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is suggesting boycotting Starbucks over the minimalist design of its annual holiday cups.
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks,” Trump told a capacity crowd of thousands gathered to hear him speak at a pre-debate rally in Springfield, Illinois on Monday evening.
“Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know,” he said. “Seriously, I don’t care.”
Some religious conservatives have expressed anger over the coffee company’s annual holiday-time cups — a minimalist all-red design with no images aside from the company’s green and white logo.
Previous years’ cups have featured snowflakes, winter scenes and sometimes Christmas ornaments. But a small number of critics see the design choice as part of a larger movement away from exclusively Christian-themed holiday decorations. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump, who is working to win the support of evangelical and other conservative Christians in a crowded field, has often expressed frustrations over companies using the term “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas.”