Proving once again how hypocritical liberals can be, several California bakeries — in their hatred of President Trump — declined a mother’s birthday cake order for her young son when she specified that the dessert should resemble a “Make America Great Again” hat.
As his ninth birthday was approaching, Dylan Harbin, better known to his friends and family as “Pickle,” made a request: He wanted a Trump-themed cake on his special day. According to a report in The Washington Post, bakeries in the Harbins’ home state of California have refused to make the cake, forcing SueAnn Harbin to bake her son’s birthday cake herself.
Young Dylan recently made headlines when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read his fan letter to President Trump — in which he volunteered to mow the White House lawn — to the media on July 26. Reading the letters of ordinary American citizens aloud to the press is part of a new initiative the White House communications team is using in their efforts to remind everyone that the Trump administration is fighting for the rights of the “forgotten men, women, and children” of this country.
“My name is Dylan … but everybody calls me Pickle,” started the boy’s letter, which was written on lined notebook paper and dated June 1. “I’m nine years old and you are my favorite president. I like you so much I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shape of your hat.”
He then asked a series of questions in the letter, which Huckabee Sanders went through, one-by-one.
“How old are you?” Huckabee Sanders said the president is 71.
“How big is the White House?” Huckabee Sanders said it was 168 feet long, 70 feet tall on the south side and 60 feet, 4 inches tall on the north. She added that it requires 300 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior of the residence. It has 132 rooms and is approximately 55,000 square feet.
“How much money do you have?” Huckabee Sanders laughed and replied: “Dylan, I’m not sure, but I know it’s a lot.”
The boy also wrote in the letter, “I don’t know why people don’t like you,” to which Huckabee Sanders remarked: “Me neither, Dylan.”
“You seem really nice. Can we be friends?” Huckabee Sanders, speaking straight to the camera, said: “I’m happy to say I directly spoke to the president, Dylan. He would be more than happy to be your friend.”
He concluded his letter writing: “My pitcher [picture] is in here so if you see me you can say hi.” Huckabee Sanders added: “Dylan, I hope you’re watching because the president wanted me to personally tell you hello.” She then invited Dylan to tour the White House if he and his family are ever in Washington D.C.
Much to their surprise, Harbin’s mother, SueAnn, received a call from the White House that they were planning to read his letter on air, she told Fox News on Saturday.
“We were at a Giants game and they had called right before we went into the stadium, and they said, ‘Hi, this is so and so from the White House, and we’re calling to let you know that we received Pickle’s letter and that they’re going to read it at the press conference in about 20 minutes,” said his mother.
She replied that they “definitely” planned to take them up on their offer to tour the White House.
Huckabee Sanders posted a photo of Dylan’s letter to President Trump on her Twitter account Wednesday, along with the message, “Dylan aka Pickle thank you for your letter and hope to meet you soon!”
Since then, the youngster has been the butt of liberal humor. Leftist comedian Bill Maher cruelly made fun of Dylan’s letter on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” mocking the boy’s spelling errors.
The Washington Post found Dylan after the White House released his letter to the public, and interviewed the family. They revealed that Dylan’s mom is not really interested in politics, so her son’s sudden love of Trump took her by surprise.
When Dylan requested a special Trump-themed birthday cake, his mom was fine with it and set about ordering the cake from her local bakery. But it turned out not to be that simple.
The fact that a bakery would not bake a Trump cake while controversy continues to surround Christian bakeries refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings was definitely noticed by CEO and general counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Michael P. Farris.
Farris and the ADF currently represent baker Jack Phillips, who was forced to attend “re-education” training after refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
“So, should these bakers be forced to design and create a Trump cake?” wrote Farris in a blog post about the situation. The response from the media was silence.
Pointing out the hypocrisy in the lack of outrage about a refusal to bake a Trump cake, Farris defended the bakeries, pointing out that this is the principle his organization is fighting for:
As you know, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips in a lawsuit that is reminiscent of this situation. When a same-sex couple walked into Jack’s store and asked him to design a custom cake for their same-sex wedding, he had to politely decline due to his religious beliefs about marriage. So, the couple sued him.
Similarly here, cake shops declined Pickle’s order for conscience reasons. Yet, no one on the left is calling for legal action against the cake shops.
And neither should anyone on the right.
The fact is that these cake shops have freedom of speech. They have the right to decline to use their artistic talents to celebrate events or promote messages that violate their beliefs, even if it offends a nice little kid.
That’s the principle we are advocating for in Jack’s case, and the principle we will be asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold later this year.
Phillips’ case will be reviewed by the Supreme Court in June, according to The New York Times.
A similar but outrageous case is also taking place in Utah as a man seeking to marry his laptop demanded a cake to “celebrate the union between one man and one machine,” claiming that if same-sex couples are able to get married and demand that Christian bakers bake them wedding cakes, he should be allowed to have the same done for his beloved computer.
Chris Sevier, who self-identifies as a “machinist,” says he married his laptop in a ceremony in New Mexico, and now he has sued to demand that a Colorado baker make cakes for him and his computer “bride.” Sevier filed an additional lawsuit demanding that Utah recognize his man-object marriage.