“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,” Rogan said in the clip.
“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
Shortly after sharing the clip, an outrage mob started laying into Sanders and smearing Rogan as a “bigot,” “racist,” “transphobe,” and “white nationalist.”
.@davidsirota is this okay with you? The campaign video lauding the endorsement of a man known to be a misogynist, a racist, a homophobe, a transphobe, a white nationalist? This is okay? I need to know. I am literally crushed by this.
Bernie’s campaign cutting a campaign ad with Joe Rogan fucking sucks. Rogan is an incredibly influential bigot and Democrats should be marginalizing him.
Seconded. Rogan can vote for whomever he wants but I don't think the Bernie campaign should be touting a transphobic creep who gives a platform to Nazis.https://t.co/JxTq9AqD8k https://t.co/lDBgWumIsa
Not just Bernie Sanders but ANYONE who's gone on Joe Rogan's show…. like Andrew Yang https://t.co/z3zhvhjAXo
Rogan is the world’s most popular interview podcaster and has around 190 million monthly listeners. Some tried to point out that an endorsement from such a popular figure is a good thing.
“I can’t believe there are people that think the wildly popular Joe Rogan endorsing Bernie Sanders is BAD thing,” said journalist Rania Khalek. “Come on people, the world is bigger than the puritanical twitter bubble we live in.”
“Rogan is a part of our politics and has millions of people who listen to him. Nothing you do can change that. You can either have him in the Sanders tent in conversation with people with decent values or cast him out into the arms of Trump. The latter will do far more harm,” said DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Ryan Grimm.
However, these words fell on deaf ears for many.
Germany: Nazis are a part of our politics and have millions of followers. Nothing you can do to change that.
— Jodi Jacobson ?? (@jljacobson) January 24, 2020
But imagine how you feel seeing Sanders embrace a transphobe if you’re trans
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2020
Not what people are mad about. Probably 15 mins extra of reading into it would have made that obvious.
— ? (@ProfPlum_MD) January 24, 2020