Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe explained in a Facebook post Thursday the real reason he believes Donald Trump won the presidency.
Responding to a post from a fan named Carol Savoy, who asked “what the hell happened” in Tuesday’s election and what advice Rowe could give her to make her “feel better about my fellow man,” Rowe compared Trump to his 2003 Dirty Jobs pilot on the Discovery Channel.
“It wasn’t pretty or careful. It took place in sewers and septic tanks, and featured a subversive host in close contact with his 8-year-old inner child who refused to do second takes,” the 54-year-old wrote. “Everyone agreed that Dirty Jobs was totally ‘off-brand’ and completely inappropriate for Discovery. Everyone but the viewers.”
Rowe compared the feeling of “being seen” to what resonated with a lot of voters, and that Trump’s campaign seemed authentic and spoke to people who had been ignored for a long time.
“Here’s the thing — Dirty Jobs didn’t resonate because the host was incredibly charming. It wasn’t a hit because it was gross, or irreverent, or funny, or silly, or smart, or terribly clever. Dirty Jobs succeeded because it was authentic,” Rowe wrote.
“It spoke directly and candidly to a big chunk of the country that non-fiction networks had been completely ignoring,” he added. “In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said, ‘Hey — we can see you,’ to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible. Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States.”
Rowe assured Savoy that we would survive, humoring her by adding that America has already survived 44 presidents. But his main concern was that a large segment of the U.S. was now going to be viewed as “racist, xenophobic, and uneducated misogynists.” He warned that despising candidates publicity doesn’t mean you should despise the voters.
“Last week, three old friends — people I’ve known for years — each requested to be ‘unfriended’ by anyone who planned on voting for Trump. Honestly, that was disheartening. Who tosses away a friendship over an election?” Rowe said.
“Are my friends turning into those mind-numbingly arrogant celebrities who threaten to move to another country if their candidate doesn’t win?” he asked. “Are my friends now convinced that people they’ve known for years who happen to disagree with them politically are not merely mistaken — but evil, and no longer worthy of their friendship?”
The post ended with Rowe making an offer to Trump to be of service getting skilled trade jobs back on the table.
“When the dust settles, and The White House gets a new tenant, I’ll make the same offer to President Trump that I did to President Obama — to assist as best I can in any attempt to reinvigorate the skilled trades, and shine a light on millions of good jobs that no one seems excited about pursuing,” he said.
Rowe’s post has been shared over 105,000 times and received many supportive comments thanking him for his insight.