Washington Baker Takes Back Apology After Facing Backlash For “Build That Wall” Cookies

Kirsters Baish| A Washington bakery owner took back his apology for baking “Build that Wall” cookies for Valentine’s Day. He explained that he was going to begin selling the cookies once again, saying that “people should lighten up.”

The owner of Edmonds Bakery, Ken Bellingham, rescinded his apology after receiving various messages from Americans across the country, requesting the he bake Trump-themed cookies, he told KOMO News on Thursday.

The bakery owner went on to say that he added a “Lighten Up” heart-shaped cookie to the line-up for anyone poking at his creations.

“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?” he questioned. “No. That’s not how it is. They can write whatever they want on their own cookie and I can do that on mine.”

Evers since he started on the presidential campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump has been promising Americans that he would build a proper barrier between the United States’ southern border and Mexico.

The Hill reports:

Trump’s demands for billions of dollars in funding for the wall triggered an impasse between him and lawmakers, ultimately leading to a 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history. The shutdown ended late last month after Trump signed a three-week funding bill that did not include money for his border wall.

After a customer named Ana Carrera posted a photo of herself and one of his cookies on the internet, Bellingham became the center of a lot of backlash.

“It’s hard to see words like that,” Carrera told NBC affiliate King 5 News. She stated, “We were born here, but my parents were the stories you see on the news of people crossing the border because they just want a new start.”

Carrera stated that her parents had come to the United States from Mexico during the 1980s.

The bakery owner did apologize for what he said was just a “light-hearted” joke, explaining that it wasn’t meant to be a political statement.

He said, “Some are a little risqué, some are nice. I’m back there trying to think of what to write on a cookie. I try to be funny.”

The bakery also issued an official statement via Facebook, in which they stated that they will not be selling anymore cookies that have political comments on them.