Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has credited the haughty attitude of “privileged Eastern liberals” for propelling Donald Trump to an unlikely win in this year’s presidential election, blasting Ivory Tower denizens everywhere for underestimating the power of the working class.
In an interview with Reason, the Parts Unknown star – who is not a supporter of the president-elect by any stretch of the imagination – took liberals to task, himself included, for acting against their own interests.
“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 opined.
He went on to praise Trump’s middle-America voter base as “a hell of a lot of nice people out there” who grew disillusioned with the Democratic party after it denied them “their basic humanity and legitimacy of their views, however different they may be than ours.”
Bourdain also blasted political correctness culture for censoring the kind of speech that “should be heard,” noting that so-called offensive comedians should be allowed to express their views even if they ruffle feathers in doing so.
As for who is particularly to blame for creating a divisive atmosphere in American politics, Bourdain set his crosshairs on Bill Maher, whom he described as “the worst of the smug, self-congratulatory left.”
Bourdain called for unity among the American people in the wake of the election: “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,” he said.