He claims he will never draw a trump card.
Despite hosting a smorgasbord of polar figures on his show, podcaster Joe Rogan has stated that there is one person who will never appear on his podcast: former U.S. President Donald Trump.
The 54-year-old UFC comedian and commentator was candid during Monday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience with computer scientist Lex Friedman.
“I am not a Trump supporter in any form or form,” the former Fear Factor host told Friedman, 35. no every time.”
He added, “I don’t want to help him, I’m not interested in helping him.”
The topic of Trump came up when Rogan discussed the polarizing state of politics in the US in 2022.
“It’s already a strange time after Trump,” lamented a Radio News alumnus. “The Trump era will also be one of the strangest times that people historically look back at the division in this country.”
He said the 76-year-old ex-president has caused such controversy that people have “abandoned their ethics and morality” to criticize him, adding that Trump is “an existential threat to democracy itself.”
Elsewhere, Rogan, who endorsed Bernie Sanders during the 2020 presidential race, discussed the possibility of Donald running for president in 2024. Although Trump has hinted at running in said presidential race, he has never confirmed his bid for commander in chief.
Still, Rogan insisted, “he’s going to run again, things are going to get weirder, he’s running against a dead man.”
“Biden is shaking hands with people who aren’t even there as he walks off stage, I think he’s seeing ghosts,” the MMA fan added. He was referring to the infamous incident in April when President Joe Biden appeared to be shaking hands with no air after a speech in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Rogan, apparently trying to show he didn’t support either side, then doubled down on his barrage of criticism of Biden, saying, “Did you see him on Jimmy Kimmel the other day? He just chatted.
“If he was anyone else, a Republican, if Donald Trump did that, every damn talk show would be yelling at him to be off the air,” the comedian added.
Although Rogan professes to be staunchly impartial, he recently voiced support for the potential candidacy of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for the presidency. He withdrew his endorsement during last week’s episode with MMA trailblazer and Disney exile Gina Carano.
“I think Ron DeSantis would be a good president,” the podcast host said. “I mean, what he did for Florida is admirable.”
Rogan argued that DeSantis’ leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, when Florida reopened much earlier than other states that maintained health-related restrictions on businesses and schools, was effective despite heavy criticism from Democrats.
The prankster has come under fire in the past for hosting a host of divisive figures, including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and most recently, vehement anti-vaccination Dr. Robert Malone.
In response to the latest guest, top-of-the-line musicians from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young removed their music from Spotify last winter in an attempt to force the platform to get rid of Rogan. However, earlier this week, Crosby, Stills & Nash re-joined the streaming platform, seemingly ending a months-long boycott.
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