Trump fans take his name to Starbucks
Latte-loving fans of President-elect Donald Trump may not be willing to give up Starbucks, but they’re putting his name on their drinks.
Trump supporters had objected when Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz endorsed then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and the president-elect has slammed the chain’s plainspoken, non-religious holiday cups, suggesting a boycott last year. Now, Trump backers are giving his name to baristas to mark their orders with their support.
The move has triggered the hashtag #TrumpCup to soar in popularity. One Twitter user posted instructions Friday on how to get involved in the cup caper:
1) Go to Starbucks & tell them your name is Trump
2) If they refuse take video
Pls share & spread the word pic.twitter.com/huPj4g6cqY
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) November 18, 2016
The effort garnered more widespread attention this week after video of a Florida man yelling “I voted for Trump!” and berating a Starbucks worker made its way online and quickly went viral. The man, who called the barista “trash” and “garbage,” said in an interview with The Miami Herald. “She knew I was a Trump supporter and wouldn’t give me my coffee.”
On Friday, Twitter users were encouraging others to join in on the write-in effort.
— Democrats Tear (@ArantheGreat) November 18, 2016
— Amy Noelle (@NoelleTMD) November 18, 2016
— MaryKhalaf (@MaryiamKhalaf) November 18, 2016
— Jason W (@cyrjax) November 18, 2016
But some questioned the thinking behind the campaign:
Wow, the irony of millions of Trump supporters going to Starbucks and buying coffee to punish Starbucks. Unbelievable. #TrumpCup Go get ’em!
— Kelly Challis (@kechallis) November 18, 2016