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This Guy Claimed He "Made" Starbucks Employees Call Out "Trump MAGA" But People Have Doubts It Happened

In conclusion: Humor is, apparently, extremely subjective.

Posted on December 14, 2017, at 5:37 p.m. ET

Bradley A. Blakeman is a Republican media consultant, a former member of George W. Bush's senior White House staff, and a big Trump supporter on social media. On Monday, he said on Facebook that he gave his name for a Starbucks order as "Trump MAGA" — and that he let an employee call out "Trump MAGA decaf cap" several times.

Blakeman noted in the post that the barista supposedly shot him "a smirk."

"When asked for a name for my cup I said: 'Trump MAGA.' With a smirk the Barista said: 'We just need one name.' I replied: 'It goes together,'" he wrote.

"Then I sat back and made them call out 'TRUMP MAGA DECAF CAP' 3 Times before I picked it up," he wrote.

Blakeman claimed it happened in a Starbucks in Washington, DC, but he refused to provide the exact location to BuzzFeed News. BuzzFeed News reached out to six chains near his work and home address — baristas and managers at five said they had no knowledge of the incident, and a sixth referred BuzzFeed News to Starbucks corporate public relations. (Keep reading for their statement.)

People in the comments of his post applauded him for the move and thought it was hilarious.

Someone even asked him how customers in this Starbucks reacted. "Oblivious," he claimed.

On Twitter, many hailed Blakeman as a "fucking legend" and thought his stunt totally pwned liberals.


It even caught the eye of former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, who tweeted, "I LOVE this. Take the Culture Back!!" His tweet inspired other MAGA supporters to attempt the same.

@SebGorka Buying coffee for 22 tomorrow, doing same thing, thanks

@SebGorka .Ok I'm doing this tomorrow! Funny thing? I love in California!! I'll be triggering some people!!! 😀

However, a lot of people were confused about what kind of a statement he was making.

@SebGorka You're paying 5 dollars for coffee to one of the most Liberal companies out there who also happen to be f…

People were skeptical over whether the incident occurred the way Blakeman claimed it did — or at all. Some are looking for receipts, like a handwriting comparison.

@SebGorka I need to see a comparison between this and your handwriting

BuzzFeed News asked Blakeman to confirm that the events did in fact occur. "My only response to that is," he said. "[These people] probably do not believe in Santa Claus either and that is a real shame. And, lets leave it at that."

Brad literally wrote that himself

Blakeman also refused to offer a handwriting sample. "I have no interest in any further follow up. People need to find the humor in my post and stop this 'grassy knoll' paranoia," he added.

im cackling because you can tell his bitch ass wrote it

First of all how is paying Starbucks taking the culture back you’re literally giving them money......and no employe…

It's not the first time he's made similar claims on social media. In September, Blakeman shared a similar account of going to Starbucks, giving the name "Trump," and supposedly waiting to pick up the order until he "makes them call [Trump] out at least 3x."

"I go to Starbucks and when they ask for my name I say 'Trump' and then I wait for the sneer. Then, I sit down and when my order is ready - I don’t pick up my drink until I make them call out atleast 3x


Blakeman told BuzzFeed News that people's skepticism and confusion shows that "some people simply have no concept of social satire and that is exactly why I posted it."

Brad Blakeman

"It is fun to sit back and watch how people interpret it and spin it. I find it quite amusing," he said.

A Starbucks representative told BuzzFeed News the corporate office can't confirm if it actually happened or not.

"Over the years, writing customer names on cups and calling out their names has been a fun ritual in our stores. Rarely has it been abused or taken advantage of. We hope and trust that our customers will continue to honor that tradition," the representative said.

"We welcome all customers," the representative added.

And perhaps most importantly: Why all these decaf orders at a coffee chain?

@SebGorka He asked for DECAF? Tell me it isn't so...

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.