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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chef joins the Trump Schadenfreude List

There are only two chefs I can name off the top of my head: Chef Boyardee and Burger Chef, so I am grateful to the reader who nominated Mario Batali for what the reader called the Trump Schadenfreude List.

Hmm. That sounds better than the Trump Effect Hall of Shame.

Mario Batali was riding high just a few months ago. He owned or co-owned a score of restaurants, and was a host on ABC's "The Chew," a food show.

His industry, however, relies on cheap immigrant labor -- some of it from illegal aliens. Like many chefs, he spoke out against Trump's moratorium last year on travel from seven (later six) countries.

People magazine reported on January 30, 2017, the protest against the moratorium pleased him.

"The rebellion is what makes me the happiest because people aren’t going to take it. The open border immigration story needs to happen. You need new blood all the time. We need to constantly keep evolving — that’s what makes America such a fantastic place. And that’s why our food is so fantastic," he said.

Not to mention why labor costs are so low.

Let me make this clear: employers who hire illegals abuse them.

And it turns out, Batali was exploiting workers in other ways.

Helen Rosner of New Yorker wrote in December that Batali does not lust only for food and adult beverage.

"He is also, according to reports published this week in Eater, the Washington Post, and the Times, a serial sexual harasser whose years of abuse of employees and others have included crude language, unwanted physical contact, and — as allegedly witnessed, in real-time, by a server on a security camera, according to the Times — kissing and groping an unconscious woman," Rosner wrote.

But all bad things must end. He show was cancelled, and his restaurants are closing one by one by three.

"Mario Batali’s three Las Vegas Strip restaurants will shut down July 27, officials said Friday, as the celebrity chef faces sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women," the New York Post reported this weekend.

"Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich sent a letter to nearly 300 workers about the closures of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria at The Venetian and Palazzo resorts. He promised to visit the restaurants to speak to employees."

So, he is going down and taking hundreds of employees with him.

And there may be a criminal investigation.

Move over Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. You may be getting a bunkmate.

The updated Trump Schadenfreude List:

1. Casey Affleck.

February 2017: "Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech."

November 2017: "Thousands Sign Petition To Keep Casey Affleck From Presenting At Oscars."

2. Michael Avenatti.

March 2018: "'The President May Be Able to Fire Mueller, but He Can’t Fire Me': Stormy Daniels’s Attorney Relishes His Role as Trump Nemesis Du Jour.

May 2018: "Avenatti Exposed: Stormy's Lawyer May Face Disbarment, Legal Action As Past Catches Up."

3. H. Brandt Ayers

2017: "Trump breaches moral line."

2018: "Anniston Star's ex-publisher spanked female employees in the 1970s, reports say."

4. Alec Baldwin.

2016: "Alec Baldwin totally nailed Trump on the 'SNL' premiere."

2017: "Alec Baldwin Admits He's 'Bullied Women,' Calls for a Change in Hollywood."

5. LaVar Ball.

November 2017: "LaVar Ball Is Feuding with Donald Trump Over His Son's Release From China."

December 2017: "LaVar Ball sends his sons to play in LITHUANIA after pulling them both out of school in the United States after UCLA-Trump row."

6. Mario Batali.

2017: "Mario Batali Predicts a 'Violent Revolution' Could Happen in America Over Food."

2018: "Famed chef Mario Batali’s Vegas Strip restaurants will close."

7. Michael Bennett.

2017: "Michael Bennett: Trump stooped so low with his NFL attacks."

2018: "Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring elderly paraplegic at Super Bowl LI."

8. Maddie Bowman.

2017: "Olympic gold medal skier Maddie Bowman would turn down visit to the White House."

2018: "Team USA's Maddie Bowman Finishes 11th in Crushing Blow for Former Gold Medal Skier."

9. Tom Brokaw.

2015: "Legendary newsman Tom Brokaw says he would 'call in sick' if he had to cover Donald Trump every night."

2018: "Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor."

10. Jim Carrey.

March 2018: "Jim Carrey has been trolling Trump and the GOP with paintings."

May 2018: "What has happened to Jim Carrey? Once a revered comedian with a big fan base, Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in 10 years, and the ones he’s in have been box-office bombs."

11. Hillary Clinton.

2016: "Clinton has 90 percent chance of winning."

2017: "Hillary, I love you. But please go away."

12. George Clooney.

2016: "Clooney's Vow: Trump Will Not Be President; See Trump's Response."

2017: "Clooney's 'Suburbicon' tanks, 'Saw' sequel No. 1 with $16.3M."

13. John Conyers.

2016: "Rep. John Conyers: Donald Trump Is the Next Richard Nixon."

2017: "Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigns over sexual harassment allegations."

14. David Corn.

2016: "MSNBC’s David Corn destroys Ann Coulter for defending Trump’s decision not to release tax returns."

2017: "David Corn investigated for inappropriate workplace behavior."

15. Bill Cosby.

2011: "Bill Cosby Rips Donald Trump On Today Show."

2018: "Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman."

16. Lena Dunham.

2016: "Lena Dunham: I'll move to Canada if Trump is president."

2017: "Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape."

17. Eminem.

October 2017: "Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines."

November 2017: "Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL."

Bonus: "Rapper Eminem ‘extremely angry’ that Trump didn’t respond to castigating freestyle rap."

18. Al Franken.

2016: "Al Franken Hilariously Mocks Donald Trump."

2017: "Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations."

19. Morgan Freeman.

February 2018: "'Shame on you, Mr. President': Morgan Freeman blames Donald Trump for Florida school shooting."

May 2018: "Women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, harassment."

20. GQ.

2016: "If You Vote For Trump, Then Screw You."

2017: "Layoffs Hit GQ as Condé Nast Cuts Continue."

21. Kathy Griffin.

2016: "Kathy Griffin Thinks Comedy Should Go All Out on ‘President Piece of Shit’ Donald Trump."

2017: "CNN fires Kathy Griffin."

22. Alcee Hastings.

2016: "Democratic congressman calls Donald Trump 'pile of excrement.'"

2017: "Taxpayers paid $220K to settle sexual harassment case involving Hastings."

23. Stephen Henderson.

2016: "Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry."

2017: "Free Press’ Stephen Henderson terminated for misconduct."

24. David Hogg.

March 4: "Florida shooting survivor David Hogg says he hung up on the White House during a call inviting him to Trump's listening session."


25. Megyn Kelly.

2016: "GOP Debate: Donald Trump's 'Spat' With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism."

2017: "Megyn Kelly drags down 'Today' ratings."

26. Garrison Keillor.

2016: “So, he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting ‘Lock her up’ — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted ‘Stronger Together.’ It just doesn't chant.”

2017: "Minnesota Public Radio Fires Garrison Keillor Over Allegations of Improper Conduct."

27. Shia LaBeouf.

January 2017: "Shia LaBeouf arrested at his anti-Trump art installation."

April 2017: "Shia LaBeouf Thriller ‘Man Down’ Sells Just One Ticket at U.K. Box Office."

28. Lady Gamecocks.

2017: "South Carolina women's basketball team declines Trump's invite to White House."

2018: "UConn routs South Carolina 94-65, heads back to Final Four."

29. Jennifer Lawrence.

2017: "Jennifer Lawrence Would Like to Throw a Martini at President Donald Trump's Face."

2018: "Box Office Poison: Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Red Sparrow’ Bottoms Out at $17 Million."

30. Ryan Lizza.

2016: "Trump Gets Ready to Be a Bad Loser."

2017: "New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'."

31. Louis C.K.

2016: "Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’."

2017: "FX fires Louis C.K. after comic confirms sexual misconduct claims."

32. Macy's.

2015: "Macy's Drops Donald Trump's Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks."

2017: "Macy's Announces Store Closings for 2017."

33. Rose McGowan.

2016: "Rose McGowan Blasts Donald Trump, Murdochs, Networks in Open Letter: 'You Are Causing a Worldwide Sickness.'"

2017: "Rose McGowan arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance."

34. Alyssa Milano.

March 2017: "Alyssa Milano on Trump: 'Removing him will be up to' women."

June 2017: "Anti-Trumper Alyssa Milano is broke as a joke, didn’t pay taxes and stiffed her employees."

35. Evan McMullin.

2016: "Why Evan McMullin Says Donald Trump Is More Dangerous Than ISIS."

2018: "Evan McMullin Potentially In Violation Of Campaign Finance Laws, Records Show."

36. Mac Miller.

2017: "Mac Miller: Donald Trump wants to 'make America white again.'"

2018: "Mac Miller Arrested for Dui, Hit and Run."

37. Mayor Ed Murray.

2016: Democratic "Seattle mayor decries Trump, says immigrants welcome."

2017: "Seattle Mayor Resigns After Multiple Sexual Abuse Allegations."

38. Rupert Myers.

January 2017: "British GQ writer: Could Obama ‘murder Trump and Pence’ then pardon himself?"

October 2017: "Male feminist writer fired by GQ Magazine after woman accuses him of sexual assault."

39. NFL.

September 2017: "After Trump Blasts N.F.L., Players Kneel and Lock Arms in Solidarity."

November 2017: "NFL TV Partners Set To Lose Up To $500 Million On Ratings Decline."

40. Barack Obama.

During the campaign, Trump tweeted, "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

Obama went on Jimmy Kimmel's show, read the tweet, and replied, "At least I'll go down as a president."

Fifteen days later, we elected Trump as Obama's successor.

41. Rosie O'Donnell.

1996: "Queen of Nice Can Rosie O'Donnell Clean Up Trash TV?"

2017: "Rosie O’Donnell Admits: ‘I Spend 90% Of My Hours Tweeting Hatred’ At Trump."

42. Playboy.

2016: "Hugh Hefner's son feels 'personal embarrassment' that Trump was on Playboy's cover."

2017: "Playboy considers closing down magazine to concentrate on nightclubs and casinos just months after death of founder Hugh Hefner."

43. Tony Podesta.

2010: "Tony Podesta, Superlobbyist."

2017: "Tony Podesta stepping down from lobbying giant amid Mueller probe."

44. Gregg Popovich.

2017: "Gregg Popovich Issues Blistering Takedown of ‘Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump."

2018: "Spurs season ends with hard-fought, last minute loss to Warriors in Game 5."

45. Jorge Ramos.

2015: "In taking on Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have tussled with the wrong media star."

2018: "Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico."

46. Brett Ratner.

June 2017: "Brett Ratner Regrets Not Naming 'Tower Heist' After Trump."

November 2017: "Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct."

47. Eric Schmidt.

January 2017: "Google's Eric Schmidt: Trump Administration Will Do Evil Things."

December 2017: "Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman."

48. Eric Schneiderman.

February 2018: "Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?"

May 2018: "Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse."

May 2018: "NY Attorney General Schneiderman Resigns After Abuse Accusations."

49. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2016: "Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘I Will Not Vote for the Republican Candidate for President.’"

2017: "He won't be back: Schwarzenegger's Terminator franchise terminated."

2017: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Legend of Conan Isn't Happening."

2017: "Donald Trump Says Arnold Schwarzenegger Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’"

50. Andy Signore.

June 2017: "I am so damn sick of bully @realDonaldTrump taking words out of context to act out his agenda of fear, corruption & bigotry. #NotMyPresident."

October 2017: "‘Honest Trailers’ Creator Andy Signore Fired for ‘Egregious and Intolerable’ Sexual Behavior."

51. John Skipper.

October 2017: "Report: ESPN’s John Skipper Attacks President Trump, Fox News, and Clay Travis, in Private Employee Meeting."

December 2017: "John Skipper's resignation caps a tumultuous year at ESPN."

52. Tavis Smiley.

2016: "Tavis Smiley: BFOTs (Black Friends of Trump) Are Normalizing Racism."

2017: "PBS Suspends Tavis Smiley For Allegedly Forcing Women and Men to Have Sex With Him to Keep Their Jobs."

53. Kevin Spacey.

2016: "Kevin Spacey mocks Donald Trump and calls him a 'disease' at Cannes."

2017: "Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14."

54. Starbucks.

2017: "Starbucks' Howard Schultz told workers Trump created 'chaos' that is hurting economy."

2018: "Calls grow to boycott Starbucks after two black men arrested for not making order."

55. Alwaleed Bin Talal.

2016: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Trolls Trump: ‘I Bailed You Out Twice.'"

2017: "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown."

56. George Takei.

2016: "George Takei: Trump's Muslim registry is 'prelude to internment'."

2017: "George Takei’s Facebook empire strains under sexual harassment allegations."

57. Teen Vogue.

2016: "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."

2017: "Teen Vogue is going to cease printing."

58. Lindsey Vonn.

2017: "Lindsey Vonn says she doesn't want to represent Donald Trump at Olympics."

2018: "Lindsey Vonn Loses Super-G Medal in Last-Second Mistake."

59. Harvey Weinstein.

2016: "Harvey Weinstein says Trump 'appeals to the worst in us'."

2017: "Harvey Weinstein Is Fired After Sexual Harassment Reports."

60. The White House Correspondents' Association.

2017: "The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House."

2018: "Comedian Kathy Griffin is the Only Recognizable 'Name' at the White House Correspondents Dinner."

61. Brian Williams.

2012: "Donald Trump has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

2015: "Brian Williams Demoted to MSNBC Breaking News Anchor."

62. Kevin D. Williamson.

2015: "Witless Ape Rides Escalator."

2018: "Atlantic Fires Kevin Williamson After Suddenly Realizing He Believes The Things He Says."


  1. Getting the impression that every phrase uttered by any Democrat is calculated to facilitate or cover up some crime they are engaged in.

    Gee. We must be in pretty bad shape. They are the ones with a superior moral compass.

    They tell us this every day.

  2. Dear Mr. Surber, I don't believe you need to choose between two perfectly descriptive (of the disloyal opposition) phrases. Your list is now up to 62 and I think its members qualify as an institution, regardless that they represent a variety of industries and jobs. Therefore a number of phrases, words and acronyms can be employed to describe them. The Trump Effect Hall of Shame and The Trump Schadenfreude List are simply the beginning. In fact, an entire ceremony can be created to honor the myriad awardees that inhabit the sewer which encompasses the haters. I can see lifetime achievement awards, honorable mentions, roasts,and many other categories crying out for a name which properly captures the manner in which they were schlonged by President Trump. I can't think of anything right now, but I imagine I'll be able to pass on some thoughts in a few days. Cheers.

    1. If you consider President Trump the schlonger, or, Schlongmeister, then this list could contain the schlongees. (Giving credit to Amos and Andy: "Anyone who paid that much for stucco is a stuckee.")

    2. This would make a terrific awards show to run opposite the White House Press Corpse [sic] dinner, complete with Red Carpet events.
      Even the Met Gala would pale by comparison.

    3. This would make a terrific awards show to run opposite the White House Press Corpse [sic] dinner, complete with Red Carpet events.
      Even the Met Gala would pale by comparison.

  3. Embrace the power of AND. Also, somehow I think schadenfreude actually sounds less accurate than Hall of Shame. A little too hoity-toity for my tasts. BYMMV. -- BJ54

  4. Puta for 4 dollars an hour? You can’t beat that deal.

  5. Don't forget to add Roseanne to list

    1. Well we can not make a racist comment about Valeria Jarret can you,to my knowledge,what race is she that she would be making a racist slur about.So no this has nothing to do with the list.

    2. 90 percent of Surber's list has no direct ties to Trump. Kevin Spacey? Laughable.

    3. Her parents were both African American; on the television series Finding Your Roots, genealogical research and DNA testing indicated that Jarrett also has French, Scottish, and Native American ancestry.[5] As a child, Jarrett spoke Farsi and French.[6]

  6. Good for him. He is one of jillions of “celebrity chefs” who are far left jerks. May he not be the last on this list.

    The pretentiousness of chefs makes me gag. like their title is a permanent part of their name even when they are out of the kitchen. Hello chef. Yes chef. Chef this chef that. Like you are in the military and the title is conferredmon one for life. Give me a break. I can’t stand it when politicians are called mr. Secretary, mayor, ambassador, etc. years after they are out of office. President is the only title that should stick for life.

    That said, you earned it Batalli.

  7. Leftist icons like Batali make Donald Trump look like a choir boy who has a plebeian taste in food, but exquisite taste in women.

  8. Robert De Niro co-owns a string of restaurants with some Chef, and symbolically “banned” PDT from eating there (not that PDT ever would, or has even heard of them).
    Is that Batalia? If so, good riddance.

    Restaurants are precarious. Few survive the first 2 years, fewer still survive 5 years. The only assets usually are the name/brand recognition. Real estate is leased, employees are transient.

    Bricks and glass houses.

    1. Now that you have mentioned Nobu's, an upscale restaurant, here's a thought experiment:

      I know that Starbucks' customers consider it a gathering place, falling in #3 behind home and office, but imagine if two guys entered a Nobu's, sat down at a table, ordered nothing to eat, but just settled in for an indefinite period to wait for a "business partner." Suppose the manager of the restaurant asked them to leave but they refused and continued to take up a table. Would the restaurant be justified in calling the police to make them leave? Is there any difference between this imaginary situation and the real one at Starbucks? What circumstances would excuse one restaurant for removing nonpaying customers but not excuse the other? I'm curious if anyone can define the line between such cases.

    2. Nobu's Five star in Manila just got listed as the worst new five star Hotel in the world.