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Anthony Bourdain on Trump win: People were sick of ‘privileged’ liberals


Television and culinary personality Anthony Bourdain says in a new interview that fellow “privileged Eastern liberals” are the reason that Donald Trump was elected.

“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,” Bourdain told Reason.

Bourdain attributed the large divide during this political season and Trump’s win last month on a division between “Eastern liberals” and red-state Americans.


“When people are afraid and feel that their government has failed them, they do things that seem completely mad and unreasonable to those of who are perhaps under less pressure,” Bourdain said.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America,” he continued. “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.”

Bourdain also criticized HBO political talk show host Bill Maher as “the worst of the smug, self-congratulatory left,” hitting the show as a perfect example for why many Trump supporters were frustrated with liberals.

“It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us,” Bourdain said.

“We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible. I fear that is not at all what we’ve done.”

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