World famous chef, Anthony Bourdain, is one of the few liberals in popular culture willing to accept at least some blame for Hillary losing the election.
In an interview with Reason magazine, Bourdain said that labeling “red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible” for the election of Donald Trump.
“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,” he said. “It doesn’t change anyone’s opinions. It only solidifies them, and makes things worse for all of us.”
“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.”
Whoa, did a liberal acknowledge the existence of other world-views, or did Hell freeze over? All joking aside, it’s hard to argue with his point. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, you will never convince someone to join you by belittling them, and yet that is exactly what many liberals are continuing to do.
During his interview, Bourdain said it was people like comedian Bill Maher, of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, who lost the election for Hillary, and pushed undecided voters away from the DNC. In Bourdain’s mind, it was the “smug, self-congratulatory left” living in “a bubble” that lost the election, and will continue to do so unless things change.
“He [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.”
Bourdain is no fan of Donald Trump by any means, but he acknowledges that moving forward liberals might stand a better chance if they try being kind for a change. You don’t have to agree with everyone, but dismissing someone’s feelings will never win them over.
Let’s be slow to anger, and quick to understand in 2017!