Baker Ken Bellingham of Washington state was originally just messing around when he baked a heart-shaped cookie with the words “Build That Wall” frosted on the top. Bellingham told a local news station that while he’s in favor of tighter border security, he’s not even that attached to the idea of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall. He simply thought it would be funny to make a Valentine’s Day cookie with that sort of a political message.
Predictably, the leftist backlash was intense.
Once the cookie went viral, liberals blasted the baker on social media, accusing him of racism, bigotry, and Republicanism of the highest order.
“People were just going off,” Bellingham told KING-TV. “They don’t know anything about me and supposedly I’m some horrible person.”
At first, Bellingham thought it would be wise to take the path of least resistance and issue a public apology for any harm that may have been caused by his confections. But a week later, after letters of support poured in from around the country, Bellingham retracted his apology and realized he was never wrong to begin with. Furthermore, he now has more nationwide cookie orders than he could have possibly dreamed of before all the controversy.
“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,” he told KOMO News.
“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?” Bellingham wrote on a subsequent Facebook post. “No. That’s not how it is. They can write whatever they want on their own cookie and I can do that on mine.”
It’s encouraging to see someone realize that there is no placating the left’s social justice mob, and there’s really no point in trying. You have to wonder if any leftists have watched this story unfold in its full context. Do they understand what they did here? Do they understand they just radicalized a dude who was just making the wall cookie as a joke? Do they have any idea how often they do this very thing by launching unwarranted attacks on people who accidentally say the “wrong thing” in an interview or post the “wrong thing” on social media or, indeed, bake the “wrong cookie?”
We would have thought the left’s righteous outrage would have cannibalized itself a long time ago, but if this story is any indication, there’s still hope that it will happen sooner than later.