Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain denounced fellow liberals for their “utter contempt” for working-class Americans. In an interview with “Reason” magazine, Bourdain -- who is no fan of Donald Trump -- said of the president-elect, “Wherever one lives in the world right now I wouldn’t feel too comfortable about the rise of authoritarianism,” he said. “I think it’s a global trend, and one that should be of concern to everyone.”
 
Bourdain, who has hosted several innovative television shows about world cuisine, unleashed his harshest words for liberals. “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,” he said.
 
“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America,” Bourdain said. “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.”
 
“The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left,” he said, “does not win hearts and minds.” Bourdain continued, “It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us. We should be breaking bread with each other, and finding common ground whenever possible.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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