In the years since Dirty Jobs went off the air, host Mike Rowe has gotten into political activism, positioning himself a real champion of the blue collar working man. In 2008, Rowe launched the mikeroweWORKS foundation, an organization that supports people wanting to learn skilled trades to fill what would otherwise be considered undesirable jobs. He also ran for Arkansas county judge in 2014. Rowe has also been praised and criticized for the S.W.E.A.T. mission statement his foundation is based on (which is an anagram for “Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo”), with some calling him out as a right-wing propagandist.
Bearing all that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Rowe took umbrage with the following tweet from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders earlier this week: