Mike Rowe calls gap between ‘elites’ and rest of America ‘extraordinary,’ people with ‘common sense’ frustrated

Mike Rowe has noticed a greater chasm between “elitists” and ordinary Americans and doesn’t see the gap closing any time soon.

The former “Dirty Jobs” host discussed the division on “The Ben Shapiro Show” with Ben Shapiro, editor of the Daily Wire, who recapped the interview on Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle.”

Shapiro had asked Rowe about the gap between Hollywood, the media, and  “people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country.”

The “disconnect,” in Rowe’s opinion, has been brought on by a lack of appreciation for life’s basics, noting that the gap is “extraordinary.”

“If we’re not blown away by the miracle that occurs when we flick the switch and the lights come on; if we’re not gobsmacked by flushing the toilet and seeing all of it go away; when we start losing our appreciation for those things, the gap deepens. And I think the gap right now is extraordinary,” he said.

Shapiro explained the divide to Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday.

“The culture war in the country that has been raging isn’t between the elites and non-elites, it’s between ‘elitists’ and everyone else,” he said.

“The ones who think jobs lost at the New York Daily News is a national tragedy, but jobs being lost in the steel industry are fine because those are a bunch of rubes in the Rust Belt anyway,” Shapiro added.  “What President Trump does better than any other politician on the American scene is he conveys that he really does care about people who are in these industries, the people who are working the so-called ‘dirty jobs,’ that people on the coasts tend to think only the illegal immigrants should do.”

Rowe, who’s currently hosting Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” doesn’t hold out much hope for a coming together of Middle America and the coasts.

“I think there’s great common sense that is still alive and well in a lot of people, and I think that as they look at the headlines, they’re frustrated,” Rowe told Shapiro.

“And, to be fair, I think people on the coasts are coming at it from their own bias, and they’re frustrated, so a lot of frustrated people are talking really loud past each other and a lot of truths are inconvenient for a lot of people, and so it just gets noisy,” he said, “which is a long way of saying no, I don’t think that gap will ever close.”

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