Following President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from several Muslim-majority countries, outraged businesses have voiced their opposition to what they believe to be a discriminatory and damaging policy. Lyft, for example, pledged to donate $ 1 million to the ACLU over the next four years, and executives at Netflix, Apple, and Facebook have spoken out condemning the policy — citing adverse impacts on their companies’ talent pool.
Starbucks is the most recent business to join the resistance to the immigration ban. On Sunday, CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee giant is committed to hiring 10,000 refugees at store locations worldwide
“We are developing plans to hire 10,000 [refugees] over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” Schultz wrote in a statement released to Starbucks employees. “And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”
Many Trump supporters, furious about the company’s decision, took to Twitter to encourage Americans to boycott Starbucks.
— The Bucket Shop (@TheBucketShop) January 30, 2017
The anti-Starbucks messages ranged from outrage over the hiring of refugees over veterans to fear that refugees would actually poison the coffee.
I won’t trust buying coffee at Starbucks❗️The terrorists will now try poisoning us❗️They adapt at using different ways 2 kill us❗️ #MAGA ??
— Terryl (@Dovemom77) January 30, 2017
— The Trump Train (@The_Trump_Train) January 30, 2017
When you get sick or die drinking StarBucks Coffee, you will know why.
How about we Hire 10K Homeless Americans?#BoycottStarbucks
— ThroughCensorship (@CensoredPatriot) January 30, 2017
Starbucks supporters, however, are roasting the hell out of the boycotters — criticizing their logic and bigotry.
Im going to Starbucks to have me a venti cup of “conservative tears” #BoycottStarbucks
— Fernando (@94er_) January 30, 2017
Conservative: we only want immigrants that contribute to society
Starbucks: OK, I’ll give them a job
Conservatives: Omg #BoycottStarbucks
— Justiceashakur (@justiceshakur29) January 30, 2017
— Quwn (@geekychicrules) January 30, 2017
The white folks sayin #BoycottStarbucks ain’t the same white folks who go to Starbucks… I never heard, ‘Venti Latte with Soy for Bubba!”
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) January 30, 2017
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I think Starbucks will be ok. #boycottstarbucks
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 30, 2017
The panic when you see #BoycottStarbucks vs the relief when it’s actually just a reason to buy more
— Aaron (@TheGameofSoles) January 30, 2017
I hope all the #BoycottStarbucks people actually do it. Then this coming winter we won’t have to hear their complaints about the f*ing cups
— Becky Soule (@BeckyMegan2) January 30, 2017