Honest Tea announced Sunday that it would be removing a Donald Trump quote from the bottle caps of its beverages, but the company insisted it has nothing to do with the Republican frontrunner's brash demeanor on the campaign trail.
On Sunday, Humane Society vice president Paul Shapiro tweeted that he found it "funny" his bottle included a Trump quote.
"If you're going to think anyway, you might as well think big," the real estate mogul was quoted as saying.
Funny that the bottle of @HonestTea I just bought quotes @realDonaldTrump on the cap: https://t.co/FNCzryypBz— Paul Shapiro (@Paul Shapiro)1451258732.0
Soon after, Honest Tea replied to Shapiro's tweet saying, "We're in the process of having his quotes removed from our caps."
@pshapiro We're in the process of having his quotes removed from our caps.— Honest Tea (@HonestTea) December 28, 2015
But on Monday the company denied that the scrubbing of the quote was political in nature.
"Mr. Trump’s quote, which was not political in nature, was removed because it had run its course, along with other great quotes like 'Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites,'" co-founder Seth Goldman wrote in a blog post.
He added, "There is nothing objectionable to the thinking in Mr. Trump’s quote 'If you’re going to think anyway, you might as well think big.' Indeed, it’s certainly the mindset that we’ve brought to our business and our impact."
Goldman affirmed that "Honest Tea is a tea for all parties" and they respect all customers "regardless of their party affiliation."
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