Donald Trump has suggested a boycott of Starbucks over the coffee giant’s un-festive red cups.
Social media seized on the story this weekend after Breitbart London‘s editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam broke the story on the ‘War on Christmas’.
Now Donald Trump has weighed in, telling a capacity crowd in Springfield, Illinois, he was shocked by the design, which this year is pure red with absolutely no Christmas-related imagery at all.
He also told the crowd to be proud of celebrating the season, saying “We will all be saying Merry Christmas again” if he enters the White House, the Daily Mail reports.
He added that Starbucks operates a store in one of his buildings, saying: “That’s the end of that lease, but who cares?”
His comments come after Breitbart London reported on the minimalist design, with Christian charities and British politicians weighing in, criticising the coffee chain for its lack of festive spirit.
Mr Trump told his audience last night: “Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks.
“Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care.”
British parliamentarians expressed their dismay over the design last week, with Conservative MP Sir David Amess telling Breitbart London: “I do think this is an example of political correctness gone mad.”
“What is Christmas about? It’s CHRIST-Mass.
“This is utter madness. Who was the idiot who thought this up? He should be sacked!”
His colleague David Burrowes added: “The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change.
“The public has a common sense grasp on the reality that at Christmas time, whether you have a Christian faith or not, Britain celebrates Christmas.”
They were joined by Christian groups, with Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute saying: “What is it about Christmas that Starbucks are afraid of celebrating? Haven’t they heard it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the season of good will to ALL men? They should get involved and stop being scrooges.”
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern added: “This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American Dream that has so benefitted Starbucks.
“This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story told so powerfully at this time of year.”