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Donald Trump has weighed in on the Starbucks holiday-cup controversy.
Speaking at a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday, the GOP presidential candidate said while it would hurt him financially, perhaps a boycott of Starbucks was in order, since the company has removed holiday images from its cups.
“I have one of the most successful Starbucks, in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care,” Trump told cheering supporters. “That’s the end of that lease, but who cares?”
Should he make it to the White House, there will be changes, including the holiday greeting, Trump said.
“If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again. That I can tell you,” he said.
Starbucks has been serving beverages in holiday cups since 1997, according to the compa
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“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of design and content, said in a statement. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
This year’s cup features a “two-toned ombré design, with a bright poppy color on top that shades into a darker cranberry below,” according to the coffee company. Critics see it as plain red.
When asked for a response to Trump’s comments, Starbucks said in a statement: “Our core values as a company are to create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity. Each year during the holidays we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season, and we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”
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