When a young “Daily Dot” writer published a piece taking Mike Rowe’s post-election observations to task, the former “Dirty Jobs” host wasn’t going to let that one fly.
In a post to his Facebook page, Rowe expressed concern about the election — but not about the president-elect, but rather the hate that his election generated.
“I’m worried because millions of people now seem to believe that Trump supporters are racist, xenophobic, and uneducated misogynists,” he wrote. “I’m worried because despising our candidates publicly is very different than despising the people who vote for them.”
Rowe indicated that although he had misgivings about both major party candidates, he saw a glimmer of hope that Donald Trump might actually deliver the “shovel ready” jobs that President Obama promised the country during the opening days of his administration.
Gillian Branstetter blasted Rowe for using the nation’s economic concerns to essentially cover up Trump’s alleged racism.
Rowe responded by taking Branstetter to school, first addressing how economic concerns can be addressed through self-reliance.
I believe a solid work ethic and a measure of ambition are essential ingredients to success, and readily available to anyone. Obviously, the desire to succeed and the willingness to work hard are not enough to guarantee success, but success without either is impossible. I also believe that any able bodied person can metaphorically pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. You call this belief a “myth,” and that puts us at odds over the importance of individual self-reliance. That’s fine, but to suggest that I have used this “mythology” to “exploit my fan base for my own gain” is a “doozy” of an accusation. I’ve exploited no one, Gillian. I run a scholarship program that rewards individual work ethic. I do so, because I believe work ethic is no longer encouraged to the degree it should be. We’ve trained about 500 people for a long list of good jobs, and I’m pretty sure none of them feel exploited.
Then Rowe tackled the “isms” that people like to attribute to Trump’s supporters 0-0 as well as Trump himself.
Finally, “economic frustration and demographic resentment” are not mutually exclusive. I understand that racism, sexism, or all the other ism’s currently dominating the headlines are alive and well in this country, and I suspect they always will be. But I don’t believe our country is fundamentally racist. Millions of white people who voted for Barack Obama, just voted for Donald Trump. It makes little sense to accuse them of “demographic resentment.”
Rowe patiently addressed and took apart more of Branstetter’s arguments in his lengthy response, which can be read on his Facebook page. After less than a day, his post was shares more than 12 thousand times and received over 51 thousand “likes.”
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