Donald Trump, with an audience of 10,000 people in Springfield, Illinois where he took the opportunity to call for a boycott of Starbucks because their new red winter cups do not reference Christmas. He announced he was ending the lease of the Starbucks in Trump Tower and said, “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you.”
Starbucks has received a tremendous response concerning their new cups for the holiday season, and it has not been a positive experience. The new cups do not feature Christmas, which is what customers have come to expect from Starbucks. Joshua Feuerstein, an evangelist in Arizona, made a YouTube video calling for a boycott on Starbucks. His video has received over 12 million views, thus far. Feuerstein told the Washington Post the cup represented something bigger, a war against Christianity.
Bristol Palin told the Washington Times that the media took the viewpoint of a few people and blew it up into a Christian controversy. She is telling Christians not to get caught up in the cup debate. She believes it is a way for liberals to make Christians look stupid.
Palin reminded people, through her blog, that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ. She suggested Christians use this dispute to show the love of Christ with those around them who experience emotional pain this time of year.
Starbucks has not claimed to be a Christian company. Snowflakes, snowmen, and Santa represent winter, not the birth of a Savior. Starbucks is not at war with Christmas, says Candace Bure, a Christian actress, it is a red cup. She ended her Instagram post saying that she will have a Merry Christmas gleefully sipping her coffee from the red cup as she shares the love of Christ with good friends and conversation.
According to The Examiner, Trump does not understand why people go out of their way to be politically correct on Dec. 25. It is Christmas and Trump wants it to stay that way. Trump told the 10,000 people at the Illinois rally that he will not buy Starbucks and maybe customers should boycott Starbucks, he then said, “seriously I do not care.” However, people listen to him, and the coffee house may want to re-think its holiday marketing campaign if they want to stay in business through the holidays.
Numbers do not lie. Saturday Night Live had the highest ratings since 2007, the night Trump was their guest. The first Republican debate drew more viewers than any non-sports event in the history of television, reports The Examiner. Whether Trump is drawing large crowds because he is insulting and blunt, or because people truly want him to be the next president of the United States; he holds the ear of the multitudes.
In the middle of the controversy of Starbuck’s red coffee cup, Kate Rallis posted on Instagram, a message that puts the dispute in perspective. Her post, shared by FosterLoveForeverHome, reads, “If one family in one out of every three churches adopted a child from foster care, there would be no more orphans in the United States. But please, tell me more about how offensive this red cup is.”
By Jeanette Smith
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The Examiner: Donald Trump Sites Starbucks Boycott: No Christmas Bah-Humbug on his Watch?
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Washington Times: Bristol Palin Urges Christians not to Fall for Starbucks Cup Trap Set by Liberal Media
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