‘He’s a businessman’: DNC’s ‘Calamari Comeback’ chef now backing Trump over Biden

The calamari chef from Rhode Island, who went viral for his role in the state casting 34 of its 35 votes for Joe Biden during the 2020 Democratic National Convention, has had enough of Bidenomincs.

John Bordieri, executive chef at Iggy’s Boardwalk in Warwick, Rhode Island, is now backing Donald Trump, arguing that the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee will be better for business.

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“He’s a businessman, and I think we need a businessman that can run the United States like a business and to help the people who live here – creating jobs, keeping lower prices, and seeing the whole bottom line work out for everybody,” Bordieri said during a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends First.”

“I just always believed business is business. And politicians? I don’t know… I don’t wanna diss them or anything, but, you know, you always hear that they’re going to make up stories, and they’re gonna help you, and they’re gonna do this here, and they’re gonna do that for you,” he continued. “I think Donald Trump did an awful lot while he was in office, the four years that he was here.”

Bordieri is feeling the effects of inflation and reportedly plans to vote Republican in November despite being “told to tell everybody that I’m Independent.”

“You see the prices going up on a weekly basis, sometimes a daily basis. You know, everything fluctuates, especially the commodities and stuff like the seafood and the dairy products and the stuff,” Bordieri told Shimkus. “I purchase weekly, daily, and I see the prices go up.”

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In 2020, Bordieri was essentially a live prop for the DNC, as he stood beside then-state Democratic Party Chair Joseph McNamara while dressed in all black, wearing a face mask and holding a plate of sautéed calamari. The chef believed Biden would deliver a “calamari comeback” after the fishing industry was “decimated” by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many Americans, he says the economy is his top concern,

Citing home prices, high interest rates, and inflation, Bordieri said the economy is a key concern.

“I feel for the kids of my son’s age and stuff like that who want to buy a home right now. They’re going to pay for these overinflated prices, have high interest rates, and it’s going to crush them,” he said.

Tom Tillison


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