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Friday, January 6, 2017

Left Is Now Realizing That IT Was/Is/Continues To Be The Problem

Anthony Bourdain Says the 'Smug, Self-Congratulatory Left' Caused Trump's Victory
He calls out Bill Maher, in particular.
Anthony Bourdain has
 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.
Bourdain discussed his hatred of the term "political correctness" and
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."
Bourdain's example of such a contemptuous liberal? Real Time host Bill
 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."
But there's one thing Bourdain definitely won't do to burst that bubble:
 eat dinner with Donald Trump. Every man has his limits, after all.