Donald Trump has suggested a Starbucks boycott over the recent red cups controversy.
Speaking at a rally in Springfield, Illinois, the Republican presidential front-runner said:
"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. That’s the end of that lease, but who cares?"
He followed that up with:
"If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you."
Trump's comments were in response to the backlash against Starbucks' release of a plain red cup design for the Christmas holidays in place of the traditional seasonal designs they'd gone with in the past. The decision has led to some backlash with some people labeling it as anti-Christian.
— Starbucks UK (@StarbucksUK) November 3, 2015
In a statement, the company said this year's cups were meant to be a "blank canvas" for its customers to doodle on, and that it "wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”