already said he won't patronize restaurants with chefs who go along
with a Donald Trump administration. But that's not the last word the
chef and CNN host has about the president-elect. In an interview with
Reason magazine, Bourdain says elite liberals like him were the ones
who caused Donald Trump to win the election.
the tendency to want to ban offensive speech from the public discourse.
And he said the "contempt" many coastal Democrats feel for middle
America is exactly what caused Trump's rise:
"The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals
such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class
America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely
responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and
desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now."
"I've spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing
America. There are a hell of a lot of nice people out
there, who are doing what everyone else in this world
is trying to do: the best they can to get by, and take care
of themselves and the people they love. When we deny
them their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views,
however different they may be than ours, when we mock
them at every turn, and treat them with contempt, we do
no one any good. Nothing nauseates me more than
preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone
of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and
repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not
win hearts and minds. It doesn't change anyone's opinions.
It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us."
Maher. When asked his opinion of the lefty comedian, Bourdain did not
mince words—and it's clear he's not going to get invited back on the
panel any time soon.
"[Maher is] insufferably smug. Really the worst of the smug,
self-congratulatory left. I have a low opinion of him. I did
not have an enjoyable experience on his show. Not a show
I plan to do again. He's a classic example of the smirking,
contemptuous, privileged guy who lives in a bubble. And
he is in no way looking to reach outside, or even look
outside, of that bubble, in an empathetic way."
eat dinner with Donald Trump. Every man has his limits, after all.