Donald Trump, are you really going to keep wasting your spotlight and the time of the America people by demanding that we boycott Starbucks, when there are actually important issues to talk about? Come on!
Donald Trump — it seems like you’d much rather use up your few months of Presidential campaign fame by mouthing off about inconsequentials, like Starbucks cups, rather than on real problems facing America.
Talk about a tempest in a coffee cup. You have jumped into the silliest “controversy” of the year by blasting Starbucks for its’ new plain red “Christmas” coffee cups. Apparently, some evangelical Christians are upset that Starbucks hasn’t decorated their red seasonal cups with snowflakes or reindeer or Santa Claus.
Evangelical Arizonian Joshua Feuerstein, posted a video on Facebook lamenting the fact that the cups didn’t carry a “Christian” message this year. He believes that “Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off their brand new cups. That’s why. They’re just plain red.”
Well, what Jesus has to do with snowflakes and Santa Claus anyway, I don’t know, but that hasn’t stopped you, Donald Trump from jumping on the anti-Starbucks bandwagon. “Did you read about Starbucks?” Trump, 69, told an audience at the Prairie Capital Convention in Springfield, Illinois on Nov. 9.
“No more ‘Merry Christmas’ at Starbucks. No more. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks,” Trump announced. But that’s not all. On top of Trump’s earlier promises to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, he’s now made another campaign promise.
“If I become president, we’re all going to be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you. Unbelievable.” Got it, America! Trump must think he’s in some Jimmy Stewart movie. Or maybe he’s suggesting that Starbucks is a grinch that stole Christmas or something.
But he’s so serious about his Starbucks bashing that he’s even ready to have NYC’s Trump Tower Hotel boycott them — he’s threatening not to renew the building’s Starbuck’s lease. Notice to all Trump Tower Hotel guests — you won’t be able to get Starbucks coffee there in the future. Take that.
“That’s the end of that lease,” Trump swore to his audience. “But who cares? Who cares? Who cares?,” he intoned. Donald — who cares is exactly how most Americans feel about this, I bet. There are about a zillion real issues that 2016 voters do care about like income inequality, the lack of wage growth, the cost of college education and student loans, the threat of global warming, the wars in Iraq and Syria, gender pay inequality and comprehensive immigration reform.
An imaginary war on Christmas by Starbucks is hardly high on anyone’s list, except maybe Joshua’s from Arizona, whose loving the number of likes he’s getting on his Facebook video. Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, must be scratching his head over this crazy controversy after what was probably a sort of zen decision to simplify the design of the cups.
His company has issued this statement: “Since 1997, we have served our holiday beverages in a unique red cup, each year and each design telling a different story. Starbucks is inviting our customers to tell their own Christmas stories in their own way with a red that mimics a blank canvas.”
Let me also point out Donald that not all Americans even celebrate Christmas, including your daughter, Ivanka, who is Jewish. Aside from Jews, there are Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and of course, atheists. So the prospect of you as president “bringing back Christmas” is kind of scary.
There is supposed to be a separation of church and state according to the U.S. Constitution and the president is supposed to represent all Americans — not just the Christmas-obsessed. Starbucks shouldn’t be boycotted because their cups are plain red and you shouldn’t be leading that charge. Now, how about speaking out on issues that really matter!
Do you agree HollywoodLifers — should Donald Trump leave Starbucks alone? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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