Anthony Bourdain Has No Love For Fellow New Yorker Trump

The celebrity chef and professional traveler says he isn’t in the business of promoting political opinions—but he has no love for fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

In an interview with The Wrap, travel personality Anthony Bourdain said he won’t be having dinner with Donald Trump any time soon. “Absolutely f—ing not,” he said when asked if he would dine with the Republican presidential nominee.

He continued:

“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.”

Bourdain stopped short of providing any kind of political endorsement, “Honestly, that’s not the business I’m in”, he said when asked if he’d dine with Hillary Clinton. “I mean [Obama] kind of fell in our lap. We didn’t reach out to the White House. I don’t think it’s something I’m anxious to do again. It’s something I’m really grateful I did this time around but it was an extraordinary occurrence.”

“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 [major figures] would feel obliged to denounce. Now, that apparently isn’t reason enough to say anything.”

When asked if he has noticed a shift in the way people view Americans, Bourdain opined:

“I mean, there is a sense of utter disbelief, everywhere I go, at Mr. Trump. That is for sure. I mean, I’m talking among our allies, England, France Germany, Italy. It’s the worst thing you can find. It’s one thing to be despised or held in contempt or feared, but to be ridiculed or pitied is a terrible thing.”

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