In a wide-ranging interview published more than a month after his death, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain slammed the Clintons for the way they “dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited” the multiple women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
“Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions — it was [expletive] monstrous,” he said. “That would not have flown today. A piece of [expletive]. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he — and she — destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this! Screamingly apparent hypocrisy and venality.”
Mr. Bourdain, a liberal and Hillary Clinton voter, excoriated the twice-failed presidential candidate for her milquetoast reaction to the explosive sexual assault scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, a top Democratic donor.
“People were really hoping she’d come out with a … I don’t know. Let’s just say with something different,” Mr. Bourdain said. “I immediately tweeted my disappointment, very much shaped by what I saw around me. And I will tell you, that was really [expletive] frightening, the reaction to that. You know, I voted for her.
“When you’re in the room, you think wow, [Mrs. Clinton is] really warm and nice and funny. But the way they efficiently dismantled, destroyed, and shamelessly discredited these women for speaking their truth is unforgivable,” he added.
Mr. Bourdain, an outspoken critic of President Trump, also predicted that the president would not finish out his first term.
“I think Trump’s going down for the money. Collusion is tricky to prove, it’s the money,” he said. “And once they get too close, in my view he will declare victory, congratulate himself on the fantastic job he’s done and resign, saying the job is too small for him. Just what he did in Atlantic City! I got mine, big success for me, and leave behind a shambles.”
The famous chef spoke about how he learned to better understand the mentality of Trump voters and why they were willing to put their stake in an “anarchist.”
“You know, I just spent about 10 days in West Virginia. I like them. I liked the Trump voters. They say grace every meal,” he said. “The contempt and the ridicule which has been heaped on places like West Virginia, which is the heart, demographically, of enemy territory, as far as New York liberals like us are concerned. If we cannot… This is something we [expletive] up in the Sixties. We were fighting against cops and construction workers… cops and construction workers were exactly who we [expletive] needed! They were the first to die, in Vietnam. We weren’t gonna!
“I don’t know, I’m so merciless. I’m so … burn the temple down. How could it be worse? This is exactly what Trump voters thought. And I talked to them! I said, you know this guy doesn’t care about you, right? He’s taking a big steaming dump on a golden toilet right now, he’s a New Yorker, he’s never changed a tire in his life and you voted for him,” he continued. “They’re not foolish, they don’t believe that. They recognize an anarchist. They recognize somebody who is likely to pull down the whole rotten temple that they despise so deeply that they will repeatedly shoot themselves in both feet for the pleasure. Of seeing all of these craven scumsucking pig-dogs who betrayed them year after year and let them down and mocked them—”
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