Here’s How Anthony Bourdain Really Felt About President Donald Trump

Let’s face it, everyone is a critic when it comes to President Trump (or any president for that matter). The only major difference is that some individuals, like the late Anthony Bourdain, have a more robust platform to share their criticisms than others. Considering Bourdain was never a person to shy away from controversy, follow along to find out how he really felt about Donald Trump.

1. He couldn’t share a meal with President Trump

Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain eating together

Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain eating together | Netflix

In 2016, Bourdain and former President Obama shared a meal of noodles and beer at Hanoi, Vietnam, restaurant Bun Cha Huong Lien. The two had been secretly planning the meet-up, so when it came into fruition, the majority of the Parts Unknown crew were completely surprised. While Bourdain openly expressed support and respect for the Obama administration, he made it clear that he simply would not be able to share a meal with President Trump.

Next: The real reason Bourdain wouldn’t break bread with Trump.

2. Trump eats his steaks well-done

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Being the culinary aficionado that he was, Bourdain could not stomach the idea of watching President Trump indulge in a well-done rib-eye. Plus, to add insult to injury, the commander in chief eats that steak with a side of ketchup. Bourdain, on the other hand, is well-versed in the ways of beef — enjoying most of it in its raw form or barely cooked to rare perfection.

Next: There was more than overcooked beef. 

3. Bourdain didn’t want to hear Trump talk about himself

When it comes to a dinner date, there is little less stimulating than a person who hogs the conversation, constantly talking about themselves and their so-called accomplishments. This was one of Bourdain’s biggest qualms when it came to the idea of breaking bread with President Trump. Bourdain explained that he couldn’t “see the point, he only talks about himself and he’s only interested in himself. Plus he eats his steak well done. I think that really settles it.”

Next: The comparison of Trump to this dictator is spot on (according to Bourdain). 

4. Bourdain compared Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini | Images

During Italian Benito Mussolini’s dictatorship, there was a period of time between 1925 and 1936 where he experienced major approval and gained impressive popularity for his work. But it was short-lived. Bourdain compared Donald Trump’s presidency to the likes of Mussolini’s dictatorship. Bourdain told Business Insider:

I think it’s worth remembering that Mussolini was elected. He was very, very popular, and basically could say anything he wanted on any given day of the week, completely reverse himself from his opinion yesterday and yet no one minded. I think that apparent need for a man on a horse, we might be in a similar time. I mean, I hope not.

Next: Was Bourdain capable of murder? 

5. Bourdain even joked about poisoning Trump and Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump

U.S. President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un | Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/Handout/Getty Images

Well, it’s unlikely that Bourdain had any real concrete plans of murdering Trump or North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, but rest-assured he joked and made mention of it. In September 2017, Bourdain was approached and interviewed on a street. When asked if what he would serve if he were commissioned to cater a summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, Bourdain quickly responded, “Hemlock.” Hemlock is a very poisonous plant akin to the parsley family.

Next: The drastic differences between Trump and Bourdain

6. The New York natives are polar opposites

Left: Anthony Bourdain | Dylan Rives/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival, Right: Donald Trump | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Besides being New York natives, a person would be hard-pressed to find any major similarities between Bourdain and Trump. Where the president has worked to create division and fear surrounding the unknown, Bourdain embraced it. The celebrity chef and world traveler worked to break down the barriers of different, lesser-known cultures, inevitably striving to off-set the preconceived notions that Trump has worked so diligently to foster.

Next: Well before his presidency, Bourdain watched Trump. 

7. Bourdain spent decades watching Trump lie and deceive

The (RED) Supper hosted by Mario Batali with Anthony Bourdain

Chef Anthony Bourdain | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

During an interview with Eater, Bourdain divulged his feelings on New York real estate mogul turned president. Besides running into Trump in the throws of the Studio 54 days, Bourdain watched and listened to him manipulate the public for over 30 years. He explained that “I’ve seen Donald Trump say things one day, and then I saw what he did the next. I’ve seen up close how he does business.” And from what Bourdain could tell, it wasn’t pretty.

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