Florida Republicans bucking Hamas-backing baristas

'If you go to Starbucks, you are supporting killing Jews.'

Your next cup of coffee could be filled with the brew of international conflict, particularly if you buy it from Starbucks.

According to a growing chorus of Florida Republicans led by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, buying cups of Pike Place or Dark Roast or any other vended variety is tantamount to backing Hamas against Israel, given that union members are speaking out against the counteroffensive after this weekend’s terror assault.

“This is disgusting,” tweeted Scott, who was spotlighting a Free Beacon article in which Starbucks Workers United posted “Solidarity with Palestine” sentiments to social media.

“Every American should condemn the atrocities that Iran-backed Hamas terrorists committed in Israel. Boycott Starbucks until its leadership strongly denounces and takes action against this horrific support of terrorism,” Scott added.

Scott’s statement has drawn immediate support from Florida Republicans, including Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, who said “it’s time for the leadership of Starbucks to come out and make it clear that they do not condone or support Terrorist Sympathizing Baristas.”

“If you go to Starbucks, you are supporting killing Jews,” added state Rep. Randy Fine, a Brevard County Republican.

Starbucks does not operate in Israel, having closed its Tel Aviv outlets two decades ago. and having never opened in Jerusalem. In contrast, the company has nearly 900 stores throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

It should be noted that Starbucks and its union have been at odds over various labor issues, in Florida and elsewhere.

Regarding the union position, Starbucks rejects that also.

“To be clear: We unequivocally disagree with the statements and views expressed by Workers United or its members. Workers United’s words and actions belong to them, and them alone,” the company said in a statement.

Also of interest, Scott has made news regarding Starbucks before, albeit in a radically different context than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When he was Governor, he was confronted by a Democratic activist in a Gainesville location. The so-called “latte liberal” slammed Scott for failure to expand Medicaid and refusal to fund Planned Parenthood.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    October 11, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    There was antiGerman nonsense like this in WWI.

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  • Impeach Biden

    October 11, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    I was done with Starbucks after that “Third Place” nonsense. Send all those soft, cellphone holding, Instagram posters to Gaza. Bunch of morons.

    • Terra

      October 13, 2023 at 10:55 am

      Me too

    • Thomas Kaspar

      October 14, 2023 at 1:25 am

      You are a such a liar. You have an Instagram account where you post nothing but pics of your feet and try to sell them. You’ve been spamming it here. I even bought some. Stop lying.

  • JD

    October 11, 2023 at 1:51 pm


  • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

    October 11, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    The Earl Of Florida always gets a kick seeing the Dook 4 Brains Lefty American Jew Haters line up their cars like sheeple waiting to get their fyentanal laced Starbucks meth laced buzz juice.

  • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of Politics" American

    October 11, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    And furthet more,
    The Earl Of Florida tried Starbucks 3 times and it $ucked 3 times.
    People always give me Starbucks gift cards at Christmas. The Earl Of Florida politely smiles, thanks them, and later on give them to someone that is already adicted.

  • SteveHC

    October 11, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    I am SO glad – more than ever, now – that I ditched my Starbucks “habit” YEARS ago and bought myself Nespresso espresso and milk frother appliances to replace it. The machines and coffee capsules essentially paid for themselves untold moons ago and now I’m *exceedingly* glad I made the switch to the best quick home brewed alternative. BTW Nespresso operates in Israel – multiple locations – and their coffee capsules are certified Kosher (non-flavored varieties are all Kosher for Passover as well).

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of International Security" American

      October 12, 2023 at 10:32 am

      Steve ya done good my man. I’m so proud of you. Earl

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 11, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    Starbucks Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), expressed “Solidarity with Palestine!” — according to the text printed by the (sic) Free Beacon.

    Rick Scott and Randy Fine are two notorious, self-seeking dissemblers.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Use your brains!!!!!! Hamas is one of the most savage hate groups we are seeing! Where are the Facts? Where is the truth? This is a Desantis bs! Innocents are being killed! Money has to be shown to encourage slaughter with damn facts!!

    • just sayin

      October 12, 2023 at 7:59 am

      Lol. It’s a “desantis bs” that Starbucks’ union supports Hamas? They really need to up your meds.

  • William

    October 12, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    There are no Starbucks in Israel. True. However Starbucks is not Considered kosher. Also many not all but many only drink strong black coffee. Black coffee is not really what Starbucks does best.

  • JustBabs

    October 12, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    I have a sudden craving for a fancy Starbucks drink. Nothing like a Republican to try and destroy businesses and place targets on the backs of their employees.

    • Barry

      October 13, 2023 at 11:47 am

      Justifying killing babies, raping teenagers before killing them and pulling fetes from the pregnant mother who you just killed so you can watch it die, should never be accepted!

  • Barry

    October 13, 2023 at 11:45 am

    No its not about ‘union members are speaking out against the counteroffensive after this weekend’s terror assault.” It’s about the unions support and justification for the Hamas attack. Nothing was said about the counteroffensive!

  • Margaret

    October 17, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Just as all Russians are not evil, as is Putin; just as all Jews are not killers of Palestinian babies; just as All Palestinians are not Hamas; so all Americans are not racists or bigots.

    The Senator is famous for speaking gobbletygook. It is time for people to stop blaming ALL of any group when bad things happen. An American man killed, stabbed to death, 26 times, a 6 year old, simply because he was Palestinian.

    Ron DeSantis and Sen. Scott, amongst others, have revealed their bigotry and simplistic finger-pointing to rouse other bigots such as themselves. We are not born this way. Children are not evil or prejudiced. They have to be taught to be that way by adults in order to grow up to be like DeSantis, Scott, and all the rest who use reckless language, dividing people, instead of unifying us with common, decent goals.

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