Don Trump Jr and Ted Cruz have been labeled as racist over a giant birthday cookie decorated with the face of former President Barack Obama.
President Trump’s eldest son and the senator from Texas posed with the cookie on Sunday night in Dallas restaurant Le Bilboquet, where they were celebrating a mutual friend’s birthday party.
Some pranksters among the group decided to present Don Jr with the cookie for his own upcoming birthday.
‘With friends like these… some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake,’ Don Jr wrote on Instagram, where he posted pictures of the cookie.
Ted Cruz (left) and Don Trump Jr (right) have been labeled as racist over a giant birthday cookie decorated with the face of former President Barack Obama
Some prankster friends decided to present Don Jr with the cookie for his upcoming birthday
‘With friends like these… some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake,’ Don Jr wrote on Instagram
The cookie appears to crudely imitate this poster (right) that became famous during the 2008 presidential campaign. The photo that the poster is said to be based on is seen left
‘And what birthday is complete without an Obama cake? I figured it was so good that I would have to share it with Ted,’ the president’s son continued.
The cookie appears to be a frosting version of the famous Shepard Fairey ‘Hope’ poster of Obama’s face, made famous during his 2008 presidential run.
But critics pounced swiftly and furiously, with one Twitter user writing: ‘Wow. Looks like college kids doing racist minstrel show on cake of Obama. Muthaf***ers are just racist man.’
According to another observer, the ‘cake distorts obama’s features in a racist caricature-like manner’.
The incident took place Sunday night at this Dallas restaurant, whose owner has apologized
One Twitter user even called for Cruz’s resignation, saying he ‘must step down for posing with racist cookie… this is exactly what they used to do with caricatures’.
In the face of the backlash, the owner of the restaurant where the photo was taken issued a lengthy apology on Monday.
‘We at Le Bilboquet feel betrayed and sad,’ wrote Stephan Courseau on Instagram, noting that he had not been present at the private event.
‘The fact that guests decided to use our restaurant as a platform to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred goes against everything we stand for,’ he continued.
‘On a personal note, I am French and my wife is Mexican,’ Courseau said. ‘I am truly sorry that such distasteful events happened at our venue and that these circumstances brought me to write this statement today.’
Le Bilboquet’s owner issued this lengthy apology Monday, though he was not present on Sunday night when the cookie incident occurred in his restaurant