Krispy Kreme to Give Out Inaugural Donuts; Right-Wingers Go Nuts

The far-right fringe is on hair-trigger alert these days, and I doubt this will be the last hysterical overreaction.
In May, Dunkin' Donuts unveiled an ad featuring television personality Rachael Ray, holding a latte, standing in front of blooming trees. Ray, however, also wore a scarf, which far-right blogs said was a keffiyeh. A lot of conservatives freaked out, accused Dunkin' Donuts of promoting "the mainstreaming of violence" (as Malkin put it), and the company quickly pulled the ad.

Now, some on the right have turned their attention to Krispy Kreme.

When I first noticed blog posts talking about far-right Krispy Kreme outrage, I assumed it was about the company's promotional campaign in England this week. In honor of the Obama inauguration, the chain will offer free cafe Americanos to anyone who walks up to the counter and says, "Yes, we can!" I figured, this kind of political favoritism would generate some complaints.

But that's not quite it. Some on the right are livid about the company's innocuous-sounding press release this week:

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