Trump Fans Are Protesting Starbucks by Buying Starbucks

The #TrumpCup movement took off Friday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Trump Supporters Protest Starbucks With #TrumpCup
Trump supporters are protesting Starbucks by getting baristas to write "Trump" on their holiday cups.   (Twitter)

Trump supporters are protesting Starbucks by...spending money at Starbucks. The Hill reports fans of the president elect are ordering drinks at Starbucks and giving their names as "Trump" so baristas have to write "Trump" on their cups and yell it out. The movement took off Friday, with more than 27,000 tweets featuring the hashtag #TrumpCup, CNN reports. "Haven't been to @Starbucks in eons, but I have an urge to get a #TrumpCup," one man tweets. Starbucks addressed the protest in a statement: "Over the years, writing customer names on cups and calling out their names has been a fun ritual in our stores. Rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition."

The flames of #TrumpCup were fanned this week when a customer at a Florida Starbucks claimed his drink was taking too long due to "anti-white discrimination." Trump supporters are also cranky about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz endorsing Hillary Clinton, as well as Starbucks' use of a "holiday" cup instead of a "Christmas" cup. But some people are questioning the logic of protesting a business by buying its products—an unorthodox choice to be sure. "Wow, the irony of millions of Trump supporters going to Starbucks and buying coffee to punish Starbucks. Unbelievable," one Twitter user writes. (More Starbucks stories.)

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