Mike Rowe to Ben Shapiro: 'Profound' Disconnect Exists Between Elites and Many Americans
'A lot of frustrated people talking past each other.'
Reality TV star Mike Rowe told Ben Shapiro that he believes there is a widening gap between the so-called "elites" and everyday Americans.
In an interview conducted by Ben Shapiro, Rowe, currently the host of TBN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It," was asked whether the gap can be bridged between entertainers and journalists and the "people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country."
Rowe said the gap has always existed to varying degrees, but he now sees a growing "disconnect" and a lack of appreciation of things that are basic in everyday life.
"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," said Rowe.
Overall, he said he has observed frustration on both sides when it comes to politics.
"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," said Rowe.
"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 – which is a long way of saying no, I don't think that gap will ever close."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" discussion above.