“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is the latest Hollywood player to weigh in on the reality show that is the 2016 presidential race, revealing to Variety that she’d “try very hard” to stop Donald Trump from being elected.
Following a Wednesday afternoon event hosted at the New York Public Library for her new memoir, “Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir,” the model, actress and television personality expressed her frustration with Trump.
“Even if he wasn’t the racist buffoon that he is making himself out to be, I probably wouldn’t vote for him,” Lakshmi said. “But as an immigrant, I obviously don’t see his worldview as mine.”
Lakshmi, who moved from India to New York as a child, said she’s particularly bothered by Trump’s controversial views on immigration.
“We are a country of immigrants, so to say you should put a wall up or limit certain ethnicities is sort of antithetical to what this country is about,” Lakshmi said. “He himself is an immigrant of immigrant decent. Unless you are from the Cherokee nation, your ancestors are immigrants so you may be an umpteenth generation immigrant but there you are, squatting on someone else’s land.”
Lakshmi noted that because she runs the women’s health organization the Endometriosis Foundation of America, she’s been paying close attention to Trump’s recent comments on reproductive rights — specifically, that women receiving abortions should be punished.
“I think he is insane,” Lakshmi said. “I think he’s blabbing, I don’t think he really knows what he is saying, I am not even sure he really believes that a woman shouldn’t have a right to choose. But I can only judge someone by what they say.”
With the New York primary next week, Lakshami, who describes herself as a “bleeding heart liberal,” says she’s backing Hillary Clinton. “I have only the greatest respect and positive things to say about Bernie Sanders,” she said. “But given their experience, I think Hillary Clinton is more qualified and experienced for the job, regardless of her gender or his.”