Donald Trump, who keeps waffling at or near the top of the GOP field, has given the nation permission to be xenophobic in a way not seen since Joseph McCarthy. Only instead of communists, Trump is vilifying Latin American people and his voters are eating it right up.
Well, if chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain is correct, that’s about the only thing they will be eating. He claims that if Trump were to deport the undocumented Latin American immigrant population, “every restaurant in America would shut down.”
Speaking on SiriusXM’s “StandUp with Pete Dominick” on Wednesday – before the GOP debate – Bourdain, who knows a thing or two about restaurants, said:
I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants. I walked into restaurants and always, the person who had been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American. The backbone of the industry — meaning most of the people in my experience cooking, preparing your food. Twenty of those years in this business I was an employer, I was a manager employer. Never, in any of those years, not once, did anyone walk into my restaurant — any American-born kid — walk into my restaurant and say I’d like a job as a night porter or a dishwasher. Even a prep cook — few and far between. Just not willing to start at the bottom like that.
If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant would shut down.
Most impressively, Bourdain advocated a living wage, even for the restaurant industry.
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