Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said Wednesday that the company’s decision to hire 10,000 refugees was rooted in compassion, not politics, after shareholders booed a conservative critic who questioned the coffee giant’s plans.
Justin Danhof, the general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank and Starbucks shareholder, took his time at the microphone during the Q&A portion of Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to ask some pointed questions.
Danhof implied it was partisan and hypocritical of Starbucks to criticize Trump’s initial executive order barring refugees and people from seven-majority Muslim countries from entering the US.
“Why were you willing to have Starbucks’ reputation take a beating when you spoke out against President Trump’s travel ban, when you lacked the courage to speak out against the Obama-Clinton travel ban?” Danhof asked.
Starbucks shareholders at the meeting could be heard audibly boo-ing Danhof after he asked his question.
Danhof cited a Business Insider article from…