Joe Rogan is pretty popular with the same folks who support Donald Trump, because, despite his claims of being ‘liberal,’ the podcaster appeals to some of the same sentiments and conspiracy theories that a lot of far-right voters like. Now, though, he’s declared that the former president would like to come on his show, but isn’t welcome.
Rogan has gotten a lot of attention and defense from conservatives as he’s spread conspiracy theories like the government forbidding people to grow their own food, pushed anti-vax ridiculousness, and tested how many racial slurs he could think of to list.
Trump fans may like Rogan, but that doesn’t mean Rogan is all about Trump — appearing on another podcaster’s show, he broke the news that he’s been given the opportunity to have the former president on multiple times, but won’t do it.
Joe Rogan says he has turned down multiple offers to have Donald Trump on his podcast:
"I don't want to help him. I'm not interested in helping him." pic.twitter.com/Cd6A3b4asf
— The Recount (@therecount) July 5, 2022
“I’m not a Trump supporter in any way, shape, or form. I’ve had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once. I’ve said no, every time. I don’t want to help him. I’m not interested in helping him.”
That’s not all. When the host, Lex Friedman, presses and suggests that Rogan will change his mind, Rogan compares Trump to the Russian dictator — “Why, because you’ll have Putin on?”
Friedman also says that Rogan is about having on people with whom he can “have a good conversation,” regardless of what he thinks about their politics or other views, and mentions Kanye West’s appearance on Rogan’s show.
“Yeah,” Rogan says, “But Kanye doing well or not doing well doesn’t change the course of our country…I think you can revitalize and rehabilitate someone’s image in a way that is pretty shocking.”
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