Conservatives took a long time to embrace the idea of boycotts. Since the 1960s, they were often looked on as a liberal tactic. Boycotts have a mixed record of effectiveness, too.
However, some Trump supporters are calling for a boycott of one of America’s biggest companies. Will it catch on?
Charles Campbell reports at Western Journalism:
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are calling for a boycott of Starbucks after its CEO, Howard Schultz, endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president.
“Hopefully Hillary Clinton will be elected president,” Schultz said on Wednesday during an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow.
“On the other side, we’ve seen such vitriolic display of bigotry and hate and divisiveness, and that is not the leadership we need for the future of the country,” he added.
So far, calls to boycott Starbucks seem limited to individuals on Twitter. The official Trump campaign hasn’t endorsed the idea.
As for Schultz, he apparently hasn’t learned anything from his last foray into politics:
Earlier last year, Schultz received huge blowback after he started the “Race Together” initiative. Starbucks employees were encouraged to write the slogan on coffee cups in the hopes that customers would start a conversation about race relations in America.
The idea was soon scrapped after a negative response from the public. Schultz sent out an email announcing the end of the campaign and acknowledged he “didn’t expect universal praise.”
That puts it mildly. Even some progressives criticized the campaign, accusing the company of trivializing and trying to profit off real problems in the African-American community.
Whether or not #BoycottStarbucks will catch on is up for grabs.
Credit: Western Journalism