Donald Trump has declared war on Starbucks over its new holiday coffee cup.
“I have one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks? Seriously,” Trump said at a campaign stop in Illinois on Monday night.
Trump is upset because the Starbucks holiday cup is just plain red with the Starbucks logo. Unlike past years, there are no drawings of snowflakes or reindeer nor does it make any reference to Christmas like it has in the past.
Starbucks says the design is meant to welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions, but Trump isn't buying it.
“If I become president, we're all going to say merry Christmas again, that I can tell you,” he declared.
Trump is blasting Starbucks just as a campaign is growing on social media for the coffee giant to say “Merry Christmas.” A Facebook video, which has over 14 million views, is encouraging patrons to tell employees at the chain that their name is “Merry Christmas” so it is written on the cups.
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More than 10,000 people showed up at the rally in Springfield, Illinois, and heard Trump take a major swipe at his republican rival, Dr. Ben Carson.
“If you try and hit your mother over the head with a hammer, your poll numbers go up," he said. "I never saw anything like it.”
Carson is under intense scrutiny about his story that in his troubled youth he went after his own mother with a hammer and tried to stab a friend.
"This is a strange election, isn't it?” Trump said. “You stab somebody in the belt buckle and the newspapers say you didn't do it and you say, ‘Yes, I did, I did it.’”
A rediscovered Parade magazine article from 1997 has surfaced featuring an interview with Carson’s mother. When asked about the stabbing, she said: "Oh, that really happened."
Carson defended himself Monday in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, saying: “I would much rather lose an election than lie.”