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Popular podcast host and UFC commentator Joe Rogan isn’t interested in interviewing former President Donald Trump.
“The Joe Rogan Experience” has been one of the most popular podcasts in the world for many years.
But Rogan doesn’t have any interest in having Trump on the podcast.
“I am not a Trump supporter, in any way, shape, or form. I have had the opportunity to have him on my show, more than once, and I have said no every time…I don’t want to help him, I’m not interested in helping him,” Rogan said.
Rogan’s comments aren’t quite as bad as some may think.
For starters, his podcast is typically about 3-hours long and there’s not usually a set script.
Rogan’s entire brand is bringing on different, strange, and interesting characters for in-depth conversations about anything and everything.
One could argue that bringing on Trump, who is now a political figure in many aspects, could open the floodgates to him having to entertain other politicians wanting to appear on the show.
Another issue could be Spotify, which owns the rights to Rogan’s podcast now.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended Rogan last year when liberals demanded Rogan be fired after a video compilation surfaced of him repeatedly using the “n-word.”
In a statement released late on Sunday, Ek said the company would stand by Rogan after he apologized.
“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer,” Ek said. “We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress.”
Rogan apologized over the weekend after a video was posted online showing him using racial slurs.
Rogan issued a lengthy apology video, arguing that even though he was taken out of context and was quoting other people, he still regretted using the n-word.
Last year, Rogan also said he would prefer to vote for Trump rather than Joe Biden.
Speaking with Thiel Capital managing director Eric Weinstein, Rogan didn’t mince words when the topic turned to politics.
“This is the real issue with the Democratic Party,” Rogan said. “They’ve essentially made us all morons with this Joe Biden thing.”
“Can you imagine?” asked Weinstein.
“I can’t vote for that guy,” said Rogan.
“I can’t vote for him, I can’t vote for Trump,” Weinstein said.
“I’d rather vote for Trump than [Biden],” said the podcast host. “I don’t think he can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that. And we don’t know what the fuck he’ll be like after a year in office.”
Rogan contended that, unlike former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who both visibly aged in office, Trump “seems to be fine” with the “pressure of being president.”
The actor and podcast host, a supporter of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been a vocal critic of Biden before. Last week, Rogan remarked on Biden’s many public gaffes and moments of forgetfulness by contending that Trump will “eat him alive.”
“He’s gonna eat that guy alive,” Rogan said. “The guy can barely remember what he’s talking about while he’s talking. Every video of him recently talking, he’s stumbling through shit, he forgets what he’s talking about.”
The Democratic Party “has made us all morons with this Joe Biden thing… I would rather vote for Trump than him. I don’t think he can handle anything.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 4, 2020