On Tuesday, TV host Mike Rowe fired back against a critic who had attacked him for promoting vocational education. Rowe took to Facebook to share the negative message he received from the reader, a man named Chuck Atkins, and defend himself, his beliefs, and his organization mikeroweWORKS.
In the message, Atkins accused Rowe of aligning with white nationalists based on Rowe’s initiative to promote blue-collar work to Americans. Atkins smugly insinuated that Rowe and his Republican admirers have a lot in common with white nationalists, asserting that Rowe’s reluctance to discuss President Trump’s response to Charlottesville was a tacit endorsement of Nazism. Atkins linked Rowe’s non-profit organization with racist anti-intellectuals, arguing that the “dumbing down” of the country is largely the fault of Republicans.
Defending himself, Rowe said that he would not act like a partisan celebrity activist in front of his readers, and that it would be “annoying” if he were to constantly preach about politics as some entertainers do. Rowe concluded his response by mentioning the millions of dollars his organization has raised for work-ethic scholarships, along with the bipartisan support he enjoys among Democrats and Republicans alike.
See him pointedly shut down the critic here: