Trump Joins The Anti-Starbucks “War on Christmas” Crusade
Donald Trump has joined the ranks of sensitive Sallies who are pissed about Starbucks using red cups during the Christmas season but declining to shove the baby Jesus into its customers faces, a complaint so petty that even Candace Cameron Bure thinks it’s ridiculous.
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more ‘Merry Christmas’ on Starbucks,” he told supporters in Illinois yesterday, clearly confused, because the cups never said “Merry Christmas” in the first place. He continued to threaten a boycott: “Hey, I’m speaking against myself. I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. Seriously. I don’t care.”
I don’t even know how to speculate about what this will do for or what it means about Trump’s run for the presidency. I thought it was ridiculous to demand with any seriousness that we should build a wall on the border with Mexico, but plenty of Americans seem enthusiastic enough about the idea that Trump still has a commanding lead in the polls in several states. So while to me this Starbucks fracas makes Trump look ridiculous, perhaps it is compelling to certain of my countrymen. Big shrug.
And as an aside, I thought that the “War on Christmas” was conceptualized as secular people forcing Christian companies to become less religious. It’s ironic that, now, the tactic is to try to force a secular company to become religious. May I make a request that if you’re going to protest something, you decide what your principles are and stick to them, please and thanks?