Contentious Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's windbaggery is producing a seemingly endless supply of soundbite-worthy quotes — and at least one less-controversial bit of wisdom on the bottom of an Honest Tea bottle cap. Now, however, the organic tea company says it's distancing itself from the controversial billionaire.
According to the Associated Press, Honest Tea is in the process of removing a Trumpism from its lineup of inspirational bottle cap quotes. Customer Paul Shapiro drew attention to the quote in a photo he tweeted Sunday evening. The cap reads, "If you're going to think anyway, you might as well think big." Shapiro tells the AP he was surprised to see the candidate's statement on his bottle. "I usually don't think of organic green tea consumers as target demographic for Donald Trump." In response to the post, Honest Tea tweeted, "We're in the process of updating the quotes on our caps as we try to refresh the quotes every few years."
@BBro9 We're in the process of updating the quotes on our caps as we try to refresh the quotes every few years.
— Honest Tea (@HonestTea) December 28, 2015
Honest Tea's co-founder Seth Goldman says the company was already in the process of phasing out the quote, adding that the parent company Coca-Cola has advised the beverage maker to focus on using quotes from people who have died in order to avoid the risk of offending consumers. "There's nothing objectionable to the thought," Goldman says of the Trumpism.
Trump, who has vowed to abstain from eating Oreos, has angered numerous consumers and business owners with his inflammatory rhetoric. His company is currently in the midst of a heated legal battle with two prominent chefs in Washington, D.C. who backed out of hotel restaurant deals with Trump after he made controversial, fearmongering comments about immigrants. Meanwhile, his visage has also become a popular piñata.