Celebrity chef José Andrés criticized Stephen Moss, the billionaire real-estate mogul behind the Hudson Yards development in New York that houses one of his restaurants, after it was reported Moss would host a fundraiser for President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE's reelection campaign later this week.
“I respect a person’s right to politically support who he chooses but these are not normal times!” the chef tweeted Wednesday. “So I ask u Steve Ross to use your conscience! Cancel this fundraiser for @realDonaldTrump.”
“You are a good man,” he continued. “Don’t support a candidate whose goal is to drive my beloved USA apart!”
I respect a person’s right to politically support who he chooses but these are not normal times!. So I ask u Steve Ross to use your conscience! Cancel this fundraiser for @realDonaldTrump You are a good man.Don’t support a candidate whose goal is to drive my beloved USA apart! pic.twitter.com/mTMhCZsmzl— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) August 8, 2019
According to Eater, Andrés’s restaurant, Mercado Little Spain, is one of a string of restaurants housed at Hudson Yards, one of the largest private real estate developments in the country that was developed by The Related Companies, a real estate firm chaired by Ross.
Andrés went on to say in a video included in his tweet that he believes “that if you are Republican or Democratic the vast majority of Americans believe that we have no space for hate.”
“We have no space for breaking Americans apart when the beginnings of our country are based on three words, ‘We The People,’ and we the people means, unfortunately, not supporting anything that has to do with the reelection of Donald Trump,” he continued.
Andrés, who has long been a critic of Trump, is one of the latest celebrities to call out the billionaire real estate developer after a report emerged detailing his plans to host a top-dollar luncheon for the president this coming weekend.
Ross doubled down on his support for the president in a statement to Bloomberg later on Wednesday, stating that he has “always been an active participant in the democratic process.”
“I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions,” he also added.