As debate forges on over a viral video slamming Starbucks' holiday cups as being part of the so-called War on Christmas, businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is also weighing in on the controversy.
Trump told an audience at a rally in Springfield, Illinois, on Monday that it might be time to boycott the coffee giant, citing the debate over the design of the plain, red coffee cups as the basis for his comments.
"Did you read about Starbucks? No more Merry Christmas ... I wouldn't buy," Trump said. "Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. I don't know. Seriously. I don't care."
He also went on to make a proclamation: that, if he's elected, "Merry Christmas" greetings will abound.
"I will tell you — lots of big things, lots of little things. You can call this anything you want," Trump said. "But if I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again. That I can tell you."
Watch Trump's remarks below:
As TheBlaze previously reported, the debate over the Starbucks cups touched off and went viral after Christian evangelist Joshua Feuerstein lambasted the red cups in a Facebook video on November 5, encouraging Christians to start a movement against the effort.
Many critics — including Christians — have since dismissed his claims as silly, noting that Starbucks sells a Christmas blend of coffee as well as advent calendars. Still, Feuerstein has refused to back down.
“It’s much larger than just a red cup. It’s more than just a Starbucks cup,” Feuerstein told The Church Boys podcast on Monday. “It’s ultimately about the much larger War on Christmas and the fact that people are essentially trying to cleanse Christmas out of the holidays, because they don’t want the story of Christ being forefront and center.”
Listen to his comments below: