This election cycle has certainly been polarizing. With partisan polarization comes extreme rhetoric, outlandish comparisons, and otherwise strongly negative attacks. Celebrities and prominent politicians were endlessly triggered for month by a presidential campaign many were not prepared for. The rise of Republican businessman Donald Trump was something many were not expecting, and now that he’s been elected, the President-Elect’s countdown to inheriting the White House has caused full blown meltdowns across the country.
Among those is CNN’s Anthony Bourdain, who hosts “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”
Bourdain has established himself as a strong opponent of President-elect Trump and recently vowed to never eat at his restaurants. In a recent Eater interview, he upped his rhetoric against the incoming Republican who is set to inherit the White House next month.
Godwin’s law has been a favorite for Democrats and the rest of the Never Trump crowd this year. Everything they disagree with politically is a Nazi program, and some have even labeled the President-Elect a Nazi himself.
It’s insensitive, because none of these programs have resulted in genocide and President-elect Trump hasn’t slaughtered Jews. But for political reasons, the suffering of all those in Nazi Germany is being exploited.
Now Bourdain is joining the bandwagon.
In the Eater interview, he slammed chefs agreeing to work in President-Elect Trump’s restaurants. He states in the interview people have a choice to work with the controversial Republican and implies those who do are Nazis, when he says people have a choice by saying they don’t look good in a brown shirt.
Hitler’s Sturmabteilung, or SA, were known as brownshirts because of the color of their shirt. Also known as Storm Troopers, they were a paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party often tasked with disrupting rallies of opposing parties and protecting Adolf Hitler’s speeches. They were disruptive bullies that were key to Hitler’s rise in Germany.
Bourdain believes that cooking food equates with helping a genocidal madman rise to power.
It comes as no surprise that his employer is CNN, which was often referred to as the “Clinton News Network” because of the biased coverage of the election. Many pundits at the network were more hostile to President-Elect Trump while remaining favorable to Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.
Will CNN discipline for statements made while not on air at the network?
There’s precedent for it. Back in August, CNN cancelled the medical show of Dr. Drew Pinsky because he raised questions about Clinton’s health. The questions were valid points to be raised and Dr. Pinsky is a medical professional, but given the improper appearance, CNN axed his show.
But no matter what legitimate health questions a medical professional raised on the radio, they do not compare to a television host comparing chefs to Nazis. Does CNN believe that chefs who seek employment at a restaurant bearing the name of President-Elect Donald Trump are chaotic bullies who incite chaos?
If Anthony Bourdain keeps his job after these comments, the CNN will have truly consolidated its reputation as the Clinton News Network.