Edmonds bakery owner now "unapologizing" for 'Build the Wall' cookies
EDMONDS, Wash. – Ken Bellingham says he’s “unapologizing” for the "Build the Wall" cookie he sold last week.
And now, he’s re-selling the controversial cookies by the dozen.
“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 on Thursday.
Bellingham, who’s owned the Edmonds Bakery for 26 years, initially apologized for designing and selling the "Build the Wall" cookie last week.
On Tuesday, he wrote on the company’s Facebook page, “I will not be making anymore cookies of a political nature, but a narrow line of Love and Sweetheart and maybe Nice Butt.”
But on Thursday, Bellingham told KOMO News he’s protected by the First Amendment in selling these cookies.
“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.”
A patron, Ana Carrera, saw the cookie and took a picture of it, and sounded off, upset about what Bellingham initially called a joke.
“There’s nothing funny about racism or racist ideals + policies,” Carrera said on Facebook.
Her Facebook post caught the attention of liberals and conservatives across the country.
KOMO reached out, but Carrera was unavailable for a follow-up interview Thursday.
Others KOMO spoke with on Thursday said this baker’s decision to sell the cookies does not reflect the character of the Edmonds business community.
“We cannot condone this type of behavior and business practices not only in Edmonds but anywhere in the country,” said an Edmonds businessman who asked to remain anonymous.
Bellingham said he does support border security but would not go as far as to say he supported a wall.
In the end, he said his decision to sell the ‘Build the Wall’ cookies was a business decision, rather than a political one.
“People should lighten up,” said Bellingham, as he etched ‘Lighten Up’ on a heart-shaped cookie.