Ammon Bundy has finally gotten his snack, although it certainly wasn’t what he was expecting. A Portland donut shop has created a special Ammon Bundy donut to celebrate his arrest, and the impending end of his terrorist group’s occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
Voodoo Doughnut is known for donuts that offer a side of social commentary, such as their “Pothole,” “Gay Bar” and “Maple Blazer Blunt” donuts. The shop has recently created special donuts in honor of the memories of David Bowie, Abe Vigoda and Alan Rickman. Now they have added another to their line, but unlike the celebrity donuts, the Ammon Bundy pastry does not appear to be intended to honor the rogue rancher.
Bundy was taken into custody on January 26, and booked into a Portland area jail that evening. That event spawned the creation of the Bundy donut, and its “Welcome to Portland” greeting. The idea came from one of Voodoo Doughnut’s owners, Kenneth Pogson.
Cheyenne Nichols, an assistant manager at Voodoo Doughnut told Oregon Live that the donut is a one of a kind creation and is not for sale. “It’s just for display in the case and for the Internet,” she said.
The shop shared a picture of their newest donut with Instagram users on January 27.
Comments on the photo indicate that Voodoo Doughnut’s followers largely approve of the Bundy donut. As of this writing the photo has almost 650 “likes” on Instagram. But it did provoke a somewhat heated exchange between a supporter of Bundy and another commenter. One commenter asked the classic question: “Does it come with a file in it?”
Pogson declined to discuss the politics of the issue. Instead, he told Oregon Live,
We’re trying to avoid politics, but this whole thing seemed like such a big deal — with them taking public property, armed to the teeth, making a stand that they thought everyone would join. It was a debacle that was on everyone’s mind, left or right.
Pogson also said that he wanted to make it clear that he was not mocking the fate of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, although he indicated to Oregon Live that he believes Bundy and his group were at fault in Finicum’s death, which he called senseless.
I figured we’d have some backlash, and I thought about whether this went too far. I didn’t want it to come off like I was ridiculing (Finicum). He died for what he believed in. I don’t believe in it.
But I wanted to send this message. (Bundy) is no longer among his people. Now he’s on the Left Coast.
Ammon Bundy is finally in jail. How sweet it is!