‘She was like I can make you a flag but I’m not going to write Trump’
Seventeen-year-old McKenzie Gill is looking forward to two big events in her life coming up: Turning 18 and casting her first vote for Donald Trump.
Indeed, Gill is combining both with a Trump-themed party to celebrate turning 18.
“Trump is just someone I really look up to,” the Benton, Louisiana, resident told KSLA news. “Is that so terrible?”
So when she and her mother went to the Bossier City Albertson’s grocery store to order a birthday cake featuring an American flag with the slogan, “Trump 2016,” they weren’t prepared for the woman behind the counter’s shocking response.
No. Won’t do it.
Gill took to Facebook to vent:
“Just left Albertson’s. The woman behind the cake counter just refused to make me a birthday cake because I wanted Trump 2016 on it. Did that really just happen? …
“We just need an American flag cake with Trump 2016 on it, and right when I said Trump the lady just makes a snarky face and kinda snarled “Trump?” And she was like I can make you a flag cake but I’m not going to write Trump on it,” explained Gill.
Welcome to another chapter in America’s one sided cake wars, where if a liberal is denied a cake it ends up in costly court battles and if a conservative is denied a cake they simply take their business elsewhere.
Colorado baker Jack Phillips was targeted by homosexual activists over his religious beliefs when he declined to make cakes for a same-sex wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled in the homosexuals’ favor and ordered Phillips to make the cakes and to provide sensitivity training for his Masterpiece Cakeshop employees. Colorado courts have refused to provide relief from the demand Phillips promote a message with which he disagrees. Phillips has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Likewise, Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein were assessed a $135,000 penalty by the State of Oregon when they refused to violate their Christian faith by creating a wedding cake for a lesbian duo.
See the Big List of Christian Coercion compiled by WND, where officials, business owners and others have been bludgeoned by the law, activists – even judges – for their faith.
And it’s not just bakers being sued.
Betty and Richard Odgaard, owners of the Gortz Haus Gallery in Grime, Iowa, had to close their business after they said their beliefs did not support providing wedding services for a homosexual duo and they were forced into a $5,000 settlement.
Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Washington state, was targeted by the state’s attorney general for “personal and professional ruin” when she declined a request to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. The state’s suit sought not only to recover “damages” from Stutzman’s business but from her personal assets as well.
Perhaps the prospect of a lawsuit got the attention of Albertson’s management, because the company issued an apology and an odd explanation after Gill’s Facebook post became widespread.
“I was just venting on Facebook when I made the status that I made. I didn’t think I was going to get as much attention as it did,” Ms. Gill said in an interview with KSLA.
Connie Yeates, a spokesperson for Albertson’s released the following statement:
“We apologize to our customer in Bossier City for the situation regarding the cake that was requested. Our Bakery staff member misunderstood the training provided regarding copyrighted phrases, and incorrectly informed the customer we could not fulfill her request. We would be happy to provide the cake as the customer requested.”
Commenting on the “copyright phrases” explanation given by Albertson’s, Hotair noted that CNN used the same excuse when it blurred out the Trump logo on a Good Samaritan’s shirt while he was being interviewed on air.
“On a couple of levels this is a ridiculous dodge. First of all, we’re not talking about somebody abusing the Coke logo or some Lord of the Rings images to boost their sales. It’s a political campaign which would no doubt love to see people supporting them in that way. The risk of prosecution is less than zero. And beyond that, political symbols (and this is not even a political symbol, just a name) are treated very differently than corporate logos and other copyrighted material. Whether the girl was supporting or opposing Trump, the cake could readily be defined as either support for the candidate or satire in an attempt to lampoon and oppose him. Shutting down that sort of speech wouldn’t make it far in court.”
As it is, Albertson’s probably has nothing to worry about. Gill and her mother have simply taken their business elsewhere.