Joe Rogan says he's probably voting for Bernie Sanders
Popular podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan said that he will most likely vote for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary, saying the White House hopeful has been “insanely consistent his entire life.”
“Him as a human being, when I was hanging out with him, I believe in him, I like him, I like him a lot,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” while speaking with New York Times columnist Bari Weiss.
“Look, you could dig up dirt on every single human being that’s ever existed if you catch them in their worst moment and you magnify those moments and you cut out everything else and you only display those moments,” Rogan continued.
“That said, you can’t find very many with Bernie. He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is very a powerful structure to operate from.”
Sanders is touting the video clip of the interview on social media.
“I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie… He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from.” -Joe Rogan pic.twitter.com/fuQP0KwGGI
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 23, 2020
The significance of Rogan’s apparent endorsement caused the clip to begin trending in the United States, with more than 111,000 tweets using his name.
Some criticized Sanders for accepting the endorsement given past comments Rogan has made mocking the transgender community and feminists.
Joe Rogan is a transphobic bigot who shills for quackery and cuddles up to dangerous racists.
Appearing on his show is bad but understandable. Publicising his endorsement is indefensible. https://t.co/A1ZcPWtFGM
— bernie & warren are both good (@mikeyfranklin) January 24, 2020
Listen to me now, and I can’t believe I have to say it: no Dem needs Joe Rogan’s base to defeat Trump.
We also don’t need to capitulate to homophobia and transphobia (which btw *kills* people *smacks forehead*) for any reason.
This is foul, justifying stuff. No way around it.
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) January 24, 2020
Joe Rogan today, Richard Spencer tomorrow? David Duke?
If we’re for throwing minorities under the bus to win over the white working class is that the next step?
We’ve said for years the anti-identity politics, class over race argument would lead to this.
— Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) January 24, 2020
Others criticized Rogan interviewing far-right commentators, such as former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulous and InfoWars founder Alex Jones, and giving them access to his wide platform.
Joe Rogan regularly gives a platform to hateful people like Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, James Damore and Steven Crowder. He mainstreams sexist, racist, homophobic and transphobic rhetoric + people.
His endorsement of Bernie is an embarrassment, not a point of pride. https://t.co/KTnzP6ODCa
— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) January 24, 2020
Additionally, a clip of a 2013 Rogan podcast began to circulate on social media in which he talked about his experience going to see the movie “Planet of the Apes” in a black neighborhood.
“We get out, we’re giggling, ‘We’re going to go see Planet of the Apes,’ We walk in to Planet of the Apes. We walked into Africa,” Rogan said, before clarifying that there was “no white people in the theater.”
“Planet of the Apes didn’t take place in Africa, that was a racist thing for me to say,” he added.
Watch Joe Rogan, who endorsed Bernie, compare Black People to “The Planet of the Apes.”
Bernie’s campaign sure attracts Openly Racists jerks. pic.twitter.com/yX79yDKT7O
— ⚖️Bernie Sanders Will Never Be President ⚖️ (@KHiveQueenB) January 24, 2020
In response to the criticism, Sanders spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray said it will take “a big tent” to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in November.
“The goal of our campaign is to build a multi-racial, multi-generational movement that is large enough to defeat Donald Trump and the powerful special interests whose greed and corruption is the root cause of the outrageous inequality in America. Sharing a big tent requires including those who do not share every one of our beliefs, while always making clear that we will never compromise our values,” Gray said in a statement to The Hill.
“The truth is that by standing together in solidarity, we share the values of love and respect that will move us in the direction of a more humane, more equal world.”
New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg said it “seems obvious” why Sanders would share Rogan’s positive comments.
“One premise of his campaign is that he can win some number of alienated men with reactionary social views to the left, and this is proof of concept,” she wrote.
Sanders has previously been a guest on Rogan’s podcast, which has more than 7.29 million subscribers and reportedly gets 190 millions downloads a month.
The pair got into a quippy conversation in August in which Sanders pledged to tell American public anything he learns about aliens or UFOs if elected into the White House.
Fellow Democratic presidential candidates Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE and Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE (D-Hawaii) have also appeared on the program.
—Updated at 3:08 p.m.