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Coffee Shop Puts Trump On Controversial Punch Card (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

A Pennsylvania coffee shop is sparking controversy after distributing loyalty punch cards that feature President Donald Trump.

Black Forge coffee shop features a 10-count punch card that is decorated with pictures of 10 people management is not fond of, Fox News reported. They currently feature Trump, former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Ann Coulter, Vice President Mike Pence, businessman and investor Martin Shkreli, media mogul and minister Pat Robertson, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Black Forge Coffee House co-owner Nick Miller told Fox News the cards were designed to make the featured politicians look like they were shot in the head when the card is punched.

Co-owner Ashley Corts said the loyalty cards have been a tradition at the shop since 2015. They recently added Trump and insist it's all just to poke fun at the president.

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"We’re not threatening the president," Corts said. "We don’t want to physically hurt him, we do not condone any sort of hate. It’s completely against who we are."

Before the cards were updated, they featured Glenn Beck, Creflo Dollar, Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham. A Black Forge customer said he believes the tactic is a good marketing strategy.

"They're practicing their freedom of expression," Matt Ticco Thornton told Fox News. "Their coffee shop’s been packed, and I know how hard it is for a small business to get noticed."

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However, not everyone is a fan of the loyalty cards. Some social media users took to Twitter to express their outrage.

"The new customer loyalty punch cards have arrived!" Black Forge tweeetd. "Buy a drink, take out a scumbag & be that much closer to a free coffee."

"I'll stop in when U have the same Obama, Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, Boxer, Feinstein, & Peduto cards. Ok?" responded one Twitter user.

"Imagine the outrage if Obama was one of the faces," tweeted another.

Corts added that the coffee shop has been receiving threatening messages from all across the country,

"It's no one from our state," Corts told the news station.

Duquesne University College Republicans Vice President Nicholas Lacono took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the controversial loyalty cards.

“Seeing such violence and hate coming from the left because we are Republican/Conservative is despicable," Lacono wrote. "I would like this country to unite on both sides of the aisle and this story is certainly not helping the cause.”

Corts has since responded to any and all criticisms.

"Understand that we are people too," she said. "We respect you as a human as well."

Sources: Fox News, Black Forge Coffee/Twitter / Photo credit: Made In PGHBlack Forge Coffee/Twitter

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