Bourdain discussed his hatred of the term “political correctness” and the tendency to want to ban offensive speech from the public discourse. And he said the “contempt” many coastal Democrats feel for middle America is exactly what caused Trump’s rise:
“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.”
“I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America. 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. Nothing nauseates me more than preaching to the converted. The self-congratulatory tone of the privileged left—just repeating and repeating and repeating the outrages of the opposition—this does not win hearts and minds. It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us.”
Bourdain’s example of such a contemptuous liberal? Real Time host Bill Maher. When asked his opinion of the lefty comedian, Bourdain did not mince words—and it’s clear he’s not going to get invited back on the panel any time soon.
“[Maher is] insufferably smug. Really the worst of the smug, self-congratulatory left. I have a low opinion of him. I did not have an enjoyable experience on his show. Not a show I plan to do again. He’s a classic example of the smirking, contemptuous, privileged guy who lives in a bubble. And he is in no way looking to reach outside, or even look outside, of that bubble, in an empathetic way.”
But there’s one thing Bourdain definitely won’t do to burst that bubble: eat dinner with Donald Trump. Every man has his limits, after all.