Limousine liberal (or latte liberal) is a deragatory term used to describe a rich liberal who considers themself a champion of the poor and downtrodden, but lives a lifestyle of wealth and luxury.
Limousine liberals can usually be identified by any combination of the following behavior:
- They support gun control, but they go everywhere surrounded by armed bodyguards.
- They have a soft-on-crime stance, but they live in gated, private communities where there is no threat of crime.
- They tell people to ride bikes and use public transportation to reduce oil consumption, while themselves traveling around the world in private jets and rented luxury SUVs.
- They join organizations like PETA because they believe that killing animals is wrong, but they wear expensive leather belts and shoes.
Limousine liberal is mostly an American term. In Austrialia, an equivalent term is "chardonnay socialist", while in France the equivalent term is gauche caviar (caviar left).
"Famous limousine liberals include such people as Arianna Huffington, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, and Barbra Streisand."