TV host, writer, narrator, producer, spokesman for the working class, and all around awesome American Mike Rowe was traveling as news broke of the Orlando terror attack on Sunday morning. He noticed a young boy sitting near him, watching the tragedy unfold before him.
What happened next lead Mike to post the story to his facebook page. His caption reads:
“I’m on a plane now, headed back to Baltimore, watching this nightmare unfold on the seat-back in front of me. There’s a kid sitting next to me – maybe ten years old – trying to get his head around the details of what’s happened.
He has many questions, and because he’s seen me on television, he thinks I have the answers. All I could think to tell him was the same thing I always recall on days like this one. It’s a quote from Mr. Rogers.
‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Orlando, and the rest of us, need all the helpers we can get.
Most people on the page, including quite a few first responders from the Orlando area cheered Mike on, with some asking him to run for President.
But then a user named Stan Shickadanz who lit into Mike, with his comment receiving more than 1,400 likes:
I’m confused Mike’ Why would you not tell this little boy the truth. Islam is a terror group that was given safe haven in our country by the current administration. They are here to kill you’ Why would you not tell him that. IT’S THE TRUTH. I thought it took a village to raise a child.
Rowe’s mic-dropping response is absolutely perfect, garnering a staggering 40,000+ likes in response.
Because he’s ten, Stan. And he’s on a plane for the first time. And I’m not his dad.
The helpers Rowe talked about? They are out in force – from first responders to people waiting in line to donate blood for the victims, many of whom are still being treated at local hospitals.