(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a boycott of Starbucks over their use of plain red cups instead of the cups they usually use that feature holiday-themed decorations.
“Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas at Starbucks,” Trump told the crowd during a rally in Springfield, Ill. “I have the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don’t know. Seriously, I don’t care.”
Trump said if he becomes president, “we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again.”
According to its website, Starbucks explained the design change as a way to encourage customers to design their own cup.
“Since 1997 Starbucks has served its holiday beverages in a unique cup, starting with a jazz-themed design in jewel tones of deeper reds, greens and blues. Every year since, the cup has told a story of the holidays by featuring symbols of the season from vintage ornaments and hand-drawn reindeer to modern vector-illustrated characters,” Starbucks noted on its website.
“Taking a cue from customers who have been doodling designs on cups for years (Starbucks held a contest to support this creativity), this year’s design is another way Starbucks is inviting customers to create their own stories with a red cup that mimics a blank canvas,” it stated.
"We have anchored the design with the classic Starbucks holiday red that is bright and exciting," Starbucks Vice President of Design & Content Jeffrey Fields said in a statement Sunday. "The ombré creates a distinctive dimension, fluidity and weightedness."
"In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs. …This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories," he said.
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” Fields added. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s more open way to usher in the holiday.”