Baker Ken Bellingham is standing up to political pressure and is putting back on sale cookies which read “Build the Wall.”
If you haven’t heard the story of Ken Bellingham, you can probably imagine the fallout and controversy which came with the decision to sell the pro-Trump cookies.
Now, unapologetically, he is standing up to political pressure and is reselling the cookies, the Western Journal reports.
Why? Because customers love them!
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“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,” said Bellingham of Edmonds, Washington, according to KOMO.
After one critic’s Facebook comments launched a social media deluge of criticism aimed at him, Bellingham apologized for what he said was a joke. He said he is now “unapologizing.”
“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. They can write whatever they want on their own cookie and I can do that on mine,” he told the news station, adding that he has a First Amendment right to say what he pleased.
Bellingham said he was inspired by his daughter, who is a Trump supporter.
According to the report, the baker did get his fair share of criticisms.
Patron Ana Carrera, who is identified as a nanny, said she was offended by the cookies.
“It is very demonizing to anyone of the Spanish-speaking language or origin,” she said, per the report.
Carrera flamed the company on social media.
“One of the staff tried defending by saying it was meant as a joke. There’s nothing funny about racism or racist ideals + policies,” she said in a post.
Bellingham responded, via the Western Journal:
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“My cookie has been weaponized,” he said.
And his character has been trashed.
“They called me a racist. They don’t even know me. I take trips to Mexico twice a year on a mission with my church. We go to an orphanage in Tijuana. We do work for them. We play with the kids. One of the days we go out into the little villages and pick up their garbage … I know firsthand what it’s like down there,” he told the Daily Herald.
“I’m angry that people are angry. It wasn’t a big deal. They made it a big deal. I’m not a very politically minded person … I support secure borders,” he said, adding that he’s ambivalent on the issue of a wall.
“The story started with a cookie about a wall and now it’s about my First Amendment rights,” Bellingham said, adding, “They’re called conversation hearts. Aren’t they supposed to start a conversation?”