One struggles to find support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump amongst Hollywood’s elite, and elite chef and television host Anthony Bourdain can be also be added to the list of individuals not support Trump’s candidacy.
Bourdain is known for traveling the world and his terse wit. Earlier this year Bourdain dined with President Barack Obama in Vietnam. The outing was wildly popular and received much attention. When asked if he would consider dining as such with Donald Trump the never-shy Bourdain left no room for interpretation to his answer. He said, “Absolutely f—ing not. I’ve been a New Yorker most of my life, [and] for better or worse Mr. Trump is a New Yorker. We know him well here. We’ve watched how he does business and we’ve watched him say things and then we’ve seen whether or not he did those things, we have seen how he treats the people he does business with. I would give the same answer that I would have given 10 years ago, when he was just as loathsome.”
It seems there is no love loss for Bourdain. He went on to say, ““Look, when you travel as much as I do, I think the ability to put yourself in other people’s shoes and to empathize with people with whom you are very different, that comes along with that. I am, in fact, even in Europe seeing a lot of sort of white nationalism and alt-right. A lot of anti-immigrant sentiment, a lot of fear and undirected anger but I’ve never seen in my lifetime the kind of national conversation that we’re actually having in the open now. It would have been unthinkable at any point in my life. Eight years ago, if a candidate for a major party was endorsed by the America Nazi Party and the Aryan Nation it’s something they would feel obliged to denounce. Now, that apparently isn’t reason enough to say anything.”
The “Parts Unknown” host will surely not be inviting Trump to any of his fabulous cocktail parties anytime soon.