Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign has taken on a Christmas theme.
“If I become president, we're all going to be saying, ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” the billionaire real estate developer told a crowd in Illinois Nov. 9, according to Fox News.
The Christmas theme isn’t new for Trump. He’s made the promise before. But this time he was lashing out at coffee giant Starbucks for their new holiday season cups.
“Did you read about Starbucks?” he asked the crowd. “No more Merry Christmas on Starbucks.”
“Maybe we should boycott Starbucks,” he said. “I don't know. Seriously, I don't care.”
The cups feature a simple design: a red cup emblazoned with the green and white company logo.
Jeffrey Fields, vice president of design at Starbucks, told the Huffington Post the cups are meant to reflect “the simplicity and the quietness” of the holiday season.
Cups in the past have featured snowflakes, winter scenes, and sometimes even Christmas ornaments.
But some religious conservatives, according to Fox, believe the change in cup design reflects a general move in society away from Christmas-themed decorations.
And for Trump, apparently, saying “happy holidays” is the same thing.
Or at least he seems to believe those gathered at his campaign events think so.
Speaking at the 2015 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in September, Trump told the crowd, “I love Christmas.”
“You go to stores now, you don’t see the word ‘Christmas,’” he said, according to The Washington Times. “It says ‘happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’”
He revisited the theme the following month.
“I'm a good Christian,” he told an Iowa crowd in October, according to CNN. “If I become president, we're gonna be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ at every store ... You can leave ‘happy holidays’ at the corner.”