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Anthony Bourdain Takes His Anti-Trump Rhetoric Too Far

Backlash is already fierce after celeb chef makes unsavory joke about what he would do to president of the U.S.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is in hot water. He’s now joined the ranks of such people as Kathy Griffin, Madonna, and Johnny Depp who have taken their anti-Donald Trump rhetoric way too far.

The host of the television series “Parts Unknown” — and author of the 2000 nonfiction bestseller “Kitchen Confidential,” which launched him to stardom — was asked by a TMZ reporter what he would serve if he were to cater a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

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“Hemlock,” Bourdain replied.

Hemlock is a poisonous plant that has been used in executions.

While it’s not a direct threat against President Trump — some may argue he was referring to Kim Jong-Un, while others may try to laugh it off as a joke  — the truth is that Bourdain has crudely criticized the president in the past. This history suggests he did mean his comment as a quip about potentially doing harm to Trump — a threat that has not worked out very well at all for other people.

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Former President Obama dined with the chef on an episode of “Unknown” — but Bourdain told The Wrap last year he would refuse to eat with President Trump if given the chance.

“Absolutely f***ing not,” Bourdain said. “I’ve been a New Yorker most of my life … I would give the same answer that I would have given 10 years ago, when he was just as loathsome.”

Twitter lit up Thursday night as people shared thoughts about Bourdain’s reprehensible comments. “Anthony Bourdain should be fired for his comments. CNN should do the right thing,” tweeted one person.

“You are WAY out of line,” said another.

“I’m not watching CNN again!” said another.

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