Donald Trump joins the War on Christmas brigade: "If I become president, we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again"

"Maybe we should boycott Starbucks?" Trump floats, jumping on the anti-red cup rage

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published November 10, 2015 3:10PM (EST)

  (AP/Richard Drew)
(AP/Richard Drew)

During a stop in Springfield, Illinois on his way to tonight's fourth GOP presidential debate in Milwaukee, Donald Trump told a record-breaking crowd (Elton John's 1999 concert) of 10,000 that he may be willing to join viral hog Joshua Feuerstein's furor over Starbuck's all red holiday cups.

"Starbucks is taking Merry Christmas. No more Merry Christmas. I will tell you," Trump said last night, referring to the "War on Christmas" brigade's targeting of the chain.

In the past, Starbucks cups have apparently featured snowflakes, winter scenes and Christmas tree ornaments and now that this year's cup is a simple red, devoid of a nativity scene, it's clear that Christians in America are under persecution. Or so the argument goes.

"Hey look, I'm speaking against myself. I have most one of the most successful Starbucks in Trump Tower," the real estate mogul said before floating a Trump-backed boycott. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks?"

"I don't know. Seriously, I don't care," Trump said seconds later. "That's the end of that lease, but who cares?"

Still, in a nod to the evangelical Iowans next door, the savvy businessman made this over-the-top pander to the "War on Christmas" brigade: "If I become president, we're all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you."

Watch Trump's "War on Christmas" pledge, via CNN:

For more Donald Trump insanity watch this mash-up of The Big Lebowski’s Walter Sobchak silencing Trump, “Shut the f**k up Donny”:

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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