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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Starbucks feels the Trump Effect

Trump Effect: engaging in a feud with Donald John Trump increases the chances of something bad happening to you, while he rolls merrily along the way.

Starbucks is the latest to learn not to mess with Trump.

During the campaign, then-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backed Hillary. In September, he said, "I am confident that Hillary Clinton will become the next president of the United States."

No problem. Voting for or donating money to Cruella de Vil does not get you in trouble.

This does.

"The world is screwed up. People are unsettled. There is a tremendous amount of pressure and anxiety in America. We have a president that is creating episodic chaos every single day, and that is no doubt affecting consumer behavior," Schultz told employees after the election.

When the president imposed a legal and constitutional moratorium on visas from six countries, Schultz attacked Trump.

"Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is adding his voice to those who are alarmed and upset by President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration -- and he's upping the ante on corporate responses, vowing to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years," Forbes reported.

The instant backlash forced Starbucks to promise to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses.

Then Schultz attacked the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

"I don’t believe that corporate America needs a 20% tax cut. The tax cut is not going to create a level playing field and more compassionate society," Schultz said.

Oddly enough, Starbucks took the tax cut he said was not necessary. It also hiked wages and gave bonuses of $500 to $2,000 to employees.

In other words, Trump made a more compassionate society.

Starbucks on the other hand called the police because two black men entered a store and did not order anything.

"Calls are growing for a boycott of the Starbucks coffee shop chain after police were filmed arresting two black men waiting for a friend in a branch in Philadelphia," Newsweek reported.

Congratulations Starbucks and ex-CEO but now executive chairman Schultz.

They are now the 52nd player to feel the Trump Effect.

I raise my cup of coffee and toast them.

My cup of McCafe coffee. I have nothing against Starbucks; I just don't want to pay $5 for a cup of java.

The list you do not wish to be on:

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

3. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

4. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

5. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

6. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

7. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

8. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

9. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

10. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

11. Bill Cosby.

2011: "During an appearance on the 'Today Show,' Bill Cosby slammed Donald Trump's political aspirations, telling him to 'run or shut up'."

2017: "Bill Cosby trying to take out $30M loan to pay mounting legal bills."

12. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

13. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

14. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

15. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

16. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

17. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

18. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

19. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."


20. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

21. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

22. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

23. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

24. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

25. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

26. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’."

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

27. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

28. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2017: "Rose McGowan arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance."

29. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

30. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

31. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

32. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

33. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

34. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

35. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

36. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

37. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

38. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

39. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

40. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

41. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

42. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

43. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

44. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

45. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

46. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice’."

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

47. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

48. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

49. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

50. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

51. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

52. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says."


  1. My experience of the Starbucks product is limited, but memorably uninspiring. The frappucino tastes like heavily sugared milk that may have had a coffee bean waved over it once or twice.
    Against Australia's robust eye-popping Dare Double Espresso, this feeble attempt at milk coffee rates as 'just fine for your granny and her extremely sensitive digestion'.

    1. Have not had a Starbucks coffee encounter in at least 4 years. I thought the stuff was awful and overpriced.
      Dunkin Donuts or anyplace else is far better.

  2. Horrible, too strong overpriced coffee. Horrible, too smug liberals.

  3. I'm not sure how this is the Trump Effect in action. It looks to me as if the employees are not on the same page as the boss, and he's taking the flak for what his employees did. Not that I'm not enjoying seeing him and his company feel a bit of pain. No, not one bit. What the boss guy is learning is that if you lie down with Leftist dogs, you wake up with fleas.

    1. "...if you lie down with Leftist dogs, you wake up with fleas."
      Good one! mind if I use it?

  4. "I raise my cup of coffee and toast them." Toast them, over a fire.
    Coffee: Don't touch the stuff, myself.

  5. McCafe coffee? Considering that McNasty is an Offal sponsor of the National Felon's League, you might consider switching to Black Rifle Coffee and back some veterans.
    Have a Great Day.

    1. We have a Keurig coffee machine -- which we love, btw -- and my taste buds have found McCafe coffee to be the best. I buy a box of 54 at Walmart for $26.33 which comes out to $0.49/cup. And I don't have to dress for the occasion. No sock(s) but lots of awe ;~)

    2. Sans socks... anything else?

  6. Thing is, Manichaean alternatives inevitably break up democratic centrism based on compromise.

  7. Big D, I think you're gonna need a spreadsheet for that list. It's gettin pretty big...

    And who knows, next year around this time we may have to convert it to an Access database! Hahaha.

    1. I've had a spreadsheet for a while. I tweeted to Surber that he should update this periodically as several people did during 0bama's reign of terror and all the high crimes, treasons, etc.

      I read this piece to my hubby but was LOL so hard I could barely get through it. What strikes me is how many TDS sufferers are sex perverts and deviants! I always knew this about the Left but this list makes it stark.

  8. Why would a company like Starbucks take sides politically, knowing they are then offending about half of their potential customers? Makes no sense. But then, with a liberal CEO, we shouldn't be surprised, should we.

  9. So far, we have a deck of 'cards' on the list. All we need now is a couple (more) of jokers and we'll have an entire boxed set.

    1. A deck of jokers and wild cards. Not an Ace or a King in the lot.

  10. I despise Starbucks political attitude, but I wonder why this episode has become racism without any mention that the Starbucks employees even mentioned race or alluded to it. If you are black, do you get a free pass for anything you do?

  11. Starbucks is proof that people will pay a lot to be part of an idea, even though there is no quality product attached. Of course, that is how the business of politics is played also.

  12. How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? -- Dozens of cases to make a believer out of thee.

  13. I tried Starbucks thrice so that, good or bad, my decision wouldn't be based on one bad or good cup. All three were bitter and nasty. I, too, prefer my Mickey D's for a buck. Even better is my Folger's Classic Grind at home.

    1. I don't always grind my coffee from beans, but when I do, I like full Kona coffee mixed with COSTCO house blend. Stay thirsty, my friends.

  14. Businesses are wise to NOT get involved in politics. Especially bad idea for the CEO to take "in your face" political stances like the Starbucks CEO.
    Myself and a friend get together every 2-3 weeks for coffee. We used to go to Starbucks. We knew Starbucks had a bit of a "left" lean. Then the CEO went out of his way to give Trump a hard time. Now we go 300 yards away to Dunkin' Donuts. Starbucks has better coffee, DD is cheaper, Starbucks better atmosphere.

  15. Those two Black guys agreed to meet with the Starbucks CEO,so how much will they settle for and will be featured in the next ad campaign.

  16. I haven't been to a Starbucks in 10 years at least. A manager at my local one hassled me about the free, unlimited, refills. I work from a home office and various coffee shops. She asked to speak to me and sat down and gave me grief over the number of decafs I was consuming - I bought product occassionally too. Now I go to the local McCafe where they come around with a pot and offer you refills! I always thought Starbucks was waaaay overrated anyway.

  17. 20 years ago i went to starbucks with a friend. I like tea so ordered that. They did not offer lemon or even lemon juice packets. I mentioned this to the staff, "well, we're a coffee shop." i wrote to the company that if they were gping to sell tea why not do it right? They sent me a coupon (for coffee) but i havent been back and don't know if they ever expanded their tea amenities, or are just working on converting everyone to bean juice.