Another Reason to Dump Trump: What He Likes to Eat

Sure, he's a racist misogynist, an elitist throwback, but he's also got terrible taste in food

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By David Hammond

Lost in Candidate Trump's "locker room talk" and the revelation that he's a boastful sexual predator was the story that Trump still holds a public grudge against the Central Park Five, even though these young men of color were exonerated years ago. Trump has a history of racist words and actions: he spent time in court on charges his real estate company discriminated against blacks seeking rental properties. He launched his campaign on the idea that Mexicans are rapists, and he believed a judge should be taken off a case because he's of Mexican descent. That should be enough to disqualify him from even running for President. I'm a food guy, though, so what also gets my goat is his belief that eating a taco salad on Cinco de Mayo is somehow a good way to recognize and honor Mexican culture. The taco salad is Tex Mex food, and I like Tex-Mex, but eating a taco salad seems more a way of honoring Texas than Mexico, or maybe his intent was to passively aggressively and deplorably dishonor Mexico on their day of celebration.

Based on last Friday's revelations, Trump is a misogynist who treats women like meat. That's deplorable, no argument, but I'm also concerned about how he likes to eat his meat.  Trump prefers his steak "well-done, grilled to leathery brownness, sapped of all juice."  Our informal analysis suggests most people prefer steak medium rare, so Trump's preference puts him out of step with the main stream. Well-done meat has also been correlated with dementia by the National Academy of Scientists, and well-done meat has been linked to prostate cancer in men. We can't afford to put into the Oval Office a man who faces such health risks because of his food choices.

Though posing as a man of the people, Trump was born with a silver spoon, a dining utensil filled with strange chow. The Chicago Tribune recently reminded us that on "his outing…with Sarah Palin to the Famous Famiglia pizzeria in Times Square…Trump used a… knife and fork and ate only the toppings, a rare (and odd) elitist moment." Trump gets a lot of support from people who were not born with his advantages but who have somehow put their faith in a guy who lives in a New York penthouse filled with golden furniture, more reminiscent of Louis XIV than a working class hero.

Trump is on record for loving Burger King and KFC, and a lot of that love has to do with cleanliness. "One bad hamburger," Trump said, "and Wendy's and all these other places are out of business.  I like cleanliness, and I think you're better off going there."  Walking through Oak Park Farmers' Market, I see a lot of fresh, local food that Trump would probably be uncomfortable eating. As the New York Times reported, "In an era of...obsession with healthy ingredients, Mr. Trump is a throwback to an earlier, more carefree time in American eating, when nobody bothered to ask whether the tomatoes were locally grown." 

Going back to the old days of racism, misogyny and elitism is apparently what the candidate means by "making America great again." Deplorable positions, of course. Add to that his food preferences, and there's no way a reasonable person – or anyone who likes to eat – could vote for him.


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Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 18th, 2016 4:27 PM

People have different views and that's okay. Individual thinking is the foundation for freedom, liberty and independence.Vote for who you believe will defend our rights as American citezens.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 18th, 2016 1:55 PM

Ohmagawd. A Trump supporter telling me to calm down. I'm drowning in irony here.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 18th, 2016 1:06 PM

Calm down Bill and pay close attention to what is going on all around us--doublespeak abounds. Maybe you are unable to see the trees through the forest because the blatant and subliminal messages blur the lines of what is indeed truth.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 18th, 2016 8:12 AM

Here's an exercise for you, Ms. Joan. Give us all two examples- just two- in which the media has either "catered to the highest bidder," whatever that means, or where there's been a lack of "journalistic integrity." Be specific. That should be easy, since, as you believe, it's so rare. Also explain, if you'd be so kind, why it is you feel that people refuting your beliefs amount to you being "out on trial" and a "loss of another liberty." Are you that threatened by opposing opinions?

Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 18th, 2016 7:38 AM

We all better question the media's motives, MSM is a for profit business that caters to the highest bidder. Pleasing advertisers becomes more important than content. True journalistic indeed rare.Anyone questioning what they see or hear should not be out on trial, that would the loss of another libery and freedom in our supposed republic.

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 9:40 PM

Ada, you're right. Since its a highly biased political rant posing as a Dining/Home blog, the website should take it down and find a new Dining blogger who sticks to what he was hired to do. This type of subjective politically messaging does not belong on this type of blog.

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 9:30 PM

so have you tried Saigon Pho at it's new location? Great food, great politics.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 6:49 PM

The "main stream media" quotes people willing to put their name on an accusation, then gives the accused person the opportunity to respond, Mr. Stephen. Trump was given that opportunity, and without going into detail he denied the allegations en masse, in part by suggesting that several of the women weren't attractive enough for him to, well, exactly what, he didn't say. But he'd be more believable if he wasn't on several tape recordings admitting to doing exactly what the women have accused him of doing. You're defending a total pig who's an embarrassment to decent men everywhere. I suggest you consider devoting your time questioning why it is you choose to do that, Mr. Stephen, rather than questioning the media's motives.

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 5:50 PM

b/c on the top of the page it says Home/Dining/Blog...? Isn't that supposed to mean it's about food and restaurants...assumedly in the Oak Park area b/c it's an Oak Park newspaper.

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 5:39 PM

Bill Dwyer: The article link I posted appeared on Breitbart News but originated on the NY Post and appears on People Magazine's website. I guess People Magazine is a bastion of "Ultra Right Wing" hate speech nowadays.....

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 5:30 PM

Bill Dwyer: I'm not Trump's attorney or spokesperson but how many of the allegations/accusations against have been substantiated? Last time I checked, a person was innocent until proven guilty in this country. Number of convictions for Trump for sexual assault = 0. Does the mainstream media really fact check anything anymore? Is a mere allegation proof of guilt?

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 5:26 PM

Ada: What part of this article would qualify it to be part of a dining column? Did you read it?

Sklyar June  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 11:41 AM

Neo-liberals is a good way to put it.

Sklyar June  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 11:40 AM

Ada, it should be. But journalistic integrity has gone out the window since there is an agenda to be pushed. Just look at the rallies and how relatively few people show up for Hillary's versus Trump's.They need even the local papers to shove this YUGELY unpopular candidate down our throats. They hide behind the cover of being anti-sexism, anti-racism, etc. but her former comments don't jibe with her current stances on said issues. Phony liberals are a dime a dozen in OPRF. They talk a good game but are either very shallow in their knowledge of what is really going on (and some may be well-educated at the same time) or they are in an upper income bracket which renders them liberal corporatists.

Ada Johnson Tikkanen  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 9:25 AM

isn't this a dining column?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 8:43 AM

David, Mr. Stephen refers to a story on a website owned by Donald Trump's campaign chair in his lame attempt to counter the accusations of just ONE of NINE women accusing Trump of sexual assault. So go easy on him, he's clearly desperate.

David Hammond  

Posted: October 17th, 2016 8:09 AM

"Bleeding heart liberal." "Commie." This kind of name-calling reflects a main concern I have with the Trump campaign: a reversion to thought-free aggression, non-productive personal attacks that do nothing to further the discussion and create only animosity. This bullying attitude, exemplified by the candidate, seems likely to become much worse if this man ever becomes President. My fear, whether he wins or not, is that he will destroy the Republican Party, and I think America needs a system of (at least) two strong parties. Though I'm an independent who has never voted Republican, it gives me no pleasure to see the party rip itself apart, half of it becoming nothing more than, as one great man said, a "swamp of crazy."

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 4:12 PM

"Though posing as a man of the people, Trump was born with a silver spoon...." You mean like FDR and JFK, those liberal icons?

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 4:05 PM

David: Here's a link for you: Since you claim to admire fact checking, who has fact checked the recent allegations against Trump? Accusations that have not been substantiated or verified are not facts. Hey, I get it, you're a bleeding heart liberal at best, are card carrying commie at worst, so go cast your vote for Hillary and keep writing your immature, silly little blog. Oooh, I hope that big, bad Donald Trump never visits the Oak Park Farmers Market; I'll have to go run and find a safe space in a Nuclear Free Zone in the People's Republic of Oak Park!!

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 3:57 PM

David: You're right; everyone deserves a fair trial - even Hillary.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 3:02 PM

None of the candidates reflect the best the USA has to offer. Who will improve the quality of life for the people most? I suppose it depends on what a person's priorities are as to whom they will cast a vote for. Regardless, i hope the election process is true and honest. Politics is so ruthless, it will be very difficult to encourage the best candidates to run for elected offices..Most people do not want to put themselves and their families through such a traumatizing exercise.

Jim Bowman  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 1:52 PM

David, check yr Tribune links. Can't trust that mainstream outlet!

Jim Bowman  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 1:48 PM

May I recommend this, on these very pages?:,-REPENT%21/ And may I commend David on a very good-looking blog posting. David, you compose direct on the app? And thanks for the embedded links. I like it.

David Hammond  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 1:47 PM

Clinton was appointed by the court to defend the rapist because, in the American legal system, even the most deplorable criminals are given a defense. To make it sound like Clinton simply defends rapists because she wants to traumatize the victim is incredibly unfair. Everyone deserves a fair trial.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 1:01 PM

Trump supporters are amazing. The fact is that 40 years ago Hillary Clinton, then a young attorney, was ORDERED by a judge to be an accused rapist's defense attorney. It was not her choice; she was following established law and the U.S. Constitution. Yet when she he did her job effectively and worked out a plea deal in which the perp admitted his guilt and received a prison sentence, that was turned into a negative by the Trump campaign. What a sad group of self-delusional low brows.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 11:55 AM

Wars,criminal banking system, collapsing economy, extreme debt, healthcare catastrophe, lawlessness and disorder, illegal alien and refugee issues, starving and homeless people,disabled and elderly and vets are neglected,, failing education system, crumbling infrastructure, trafficking and enslavement of human beings, drug and alcohol addiction soaring, extensive corruption by govt and corporations, controlled media etc And the media makes the headline news story about unsubstantiated claims by a handful of questionable characters.Bill Clinton was impeached by the house and Hilary defended yet another child rapist and further traumatized rape victims.The Clintons left the White House "broke" because of private settlements paid to real victims and for legal fees.Yet they are now extremely wealthy.How did they do that? clinton foundation is their personal slush fund.

David Hammond  

Posted: October 16th, 2016 10:35 AM

"None of the allegations against Trump have been verified and there have been several instances of the allegations being refuted." Richard, could you provide a link to a refutation (not a simple denial, but a fact-based refutation)?

Richard Stephen  

Posted: October 15th, 2016 4:41 PM

David: If Clinton wins there WILL be a sexual predator in the White House. His name is Bill Clinton. And Hillary will be the Enabler in Chief. None of the allegations against Trump have been verified and there have been several instances of the allegations being refuted. And the Clintons put a helluva lot more Blacks in prison through 1994 Violent Crime Control Act than any other administration. Remember Hillary's referring to young Black males as "Super Predators"? I do not recall Trump making any anti-Black comments. Your crypto-Marxist mentality has blinded you to reality. The mainstream media has served as the propaganda arm of the Clinton campaign. Trump's no angel but the FBI didn't need to investigate him. His immature and distasteful sexist comments do not come close to so much of the Clinton's scandals but you'd never know that if you are relying on the mainstream media for the "news".

David Hammond  

Posted: October 15th, 2016 3:48 PM

Coordination and collusion suggest conspiracy, and yes, those who are opposed to having a racist sexual predator in the Oval Office are, indeed, working together, conspiring if you will, to make sure that doesn't happen. That can't be so hard to understand.

Sklyar June  

Posted: October 15th, 2016 8:50 AM

Never have we witnessed such a coordinated and one-sided attempt by the media to influence an election. Wikileaks has shown collusion between major newspapers and the Clinton campaign but that's a no-brainer. It was obvious to me in the primaries that Bernie was ganged up against by these fraudulent actors. And that is the only way they even stand a chance. This candidate needed to enlist people who lack ethical fortitude in order to get the job done. So they (you included) are conspirators in this PSYOPS. They have nothing else to go on, after all. No vision, no energy which comes from wanting to make the country a better place. Just the behavior of hacks who want to keep the status quo because it benefits them financially. And the most egregious thing is using issues surrounding race/ethnicity/gender to try and manipulate the masses. Thankfully that has gone overboard and ;people are seeing the absurdity of it all. So David, I guess you support, promote and rewards cheaters. Bernie is the one who should be up there. And say what you want about Trump, but he didn't rig the system to win the nomination. In fact, he had the whole world against him. Even his own party. And the so-called genius progressives who claim to be so supportive of doing the right thing will champion someone who used Chicago machine tactics in various states to rig the primaries/caucuses. Yes these same people point fingers at Trump. They should look in the mirror.

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