A bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y., is reportedly sending cakes to all 53 Republican senators urging them to let former national security adviser John Bolton testify as the impeachment trial against President Trump continues in the upper chamber.
According to GrubStreet, a food blog run by New York Magazine, a bakery called Butter & Scotch is sending the cakes to every Republican senator this week.
Photos of the cakes shared by the bakery on Instagram show different baking puns written on the tops, like “Don’t go baking my heart” or “This trial is half-baked without witnesses.” But each of them shares one line reading the same message over and over: “Let Bolton testify.”
Colin Bishopp, the executive director for PACENation, which works to promote property assessed clean energy, is reportedly the mastermind behind the idea. According to Grubstreet, Bishopp made a GoFundMe asking for donations for the effort several days ago.
On the crowdfunding page, Bishopp writes, “Republicans in the US Senate refuse to allow witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, so let’s deliver them John Bolton’s testimony on a cake.”
“Maybe that will make the truth easier for them to swallow,” he added.
The GoFundMe raised more $7,000 as of Wednesday afternoon. Bishopp said on the page that each of the cakes will be less than $50, and added that excess funds will go toward production costs as well as “the Center for Human Rights and the ACLU.”
The Brooklyn bakery said on Instagram Wednesday morning that it had already completed its first batch of cakes and sent its first one to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), whom the bakery claimed “turned it away.” Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
Republicans have faced increased pressure from Democratic senators and the public in recent days after a bombshell report from The New York Times published over the weekend detailed damaging claims Bolton allegedly makes about Trump in his forthcoming memoir.
According to the Times, Bolton claims in the manuscript that the president said he wanted to withhold millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine until the country announced investigations into his political rivals.
Meanwhile, a few GOP senators, such as Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah), have said the new details add fuel to calls for the upper chamber to open the trial to witnesses. However, many others — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — are confiden they have the votes to block having additional witnesses in the Senate, despite the firestorm surrounding reports of Bolton’s forthcoming memoir.
Author: Aris Folley