Odd how politics in America continues to come down to a baker — there’s got to be a hidden message there somewhere.
A Washington state baker has had second thoughts after succumbing to criticism for baking “Build the Wall” cookies, committing to producing the Valentine treats once again after swearing off cookies of a political nature.
Ken Bellingham, owner of Edmonds Bakery, initially apologized after being attacked as a racist for a cookie offered as a “joke” — keeping in mind the liberal narrative declares border security is racism — but he’s now “unapologizing.”
“I will not be making anymore cookies of a political nature, but a narrow line of Love and Sweetheart and maybe Nice Butt,” Bellingham said on the company’s Facebook page last week, according to KOMO.
But Bellingham, who’s owned the bakery for 26 years, is now beset with orders for the cookies now that the story has gone viral.
“The phone messages saved has like 40-or-50 messages that I can’t even respond to from people all over the country wanting me to ship them cookies,” Bellingham told KOMO.
Understanding that it comes down to a First Amendment right to free speech, the baker is now baking cookies by the dozens and having fun in the process.
“Am I supposed to be quiet because I can’t write what I want, or I can only write what they want or makes them happy? No. That’s not how it is,” he said. “They can write whatever they want on their own cookie and I can do that on mine.”
The patron who drove the controversy, Ana Carrera, has apparently run for cover now that the issue has blown up.
Carrera took a picture of the “Build the Wall” cookies and posted it on Facebook, along with the caption: There’s nothing funny about racism or racist ideals + policies.”
She was unavailable for comment when KOMO reached out to her.
In the end, the cookies reflect the unhinged level of hatred for President Donald Trump by liberals in America, where even a common sense issue like border security is used as political fodder to divide the country.
As for Bellingham, he’s more of a smart businessman than he is a political junkie.
According to KOMO, Bellingham support border security but did not go on the record to say he supports a wall.
The baker said the “Build the Wall” cookie was designed to drive revenue, not political opinion.
“People should lighten up,” he said, even etching the phrase “Lighten Up” on a red heart-shaped cookie.
Another message featured on the cookies: “Build the Love.”
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