Joe Rogan says Trump isn’t welcome on his podcast: ‘I don’t want to help him’

While Joe Rogan has come under fire from critics who have accused him of using his popular podcast to promote conspiracy theories about politics, coronavirus and vaccinations, the host pointed out this week that there is a guest he will not have on his show: former President Donald Trump.

In fact, Rogan said on Lex Fridman’s podcast on Monday that he repeatedly turned down Trump from appearing on Spotify’s “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

“I am in no way a Trump supporter. I had the opportunity to have him on my show more than once, I said no every time,” Rogan said. said. “I don’t want to help him, I’m not interested in helping him.”

Rogan, who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2020 and said he would back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if the Republican runs for president in 2024, described Trump as a “polarizing figure.” and “an existential”. threat to democracy itself.

“So many people felt like they might abandon their own ethics, morals and principles just to attack him and anyone who supports him,” Rogan said.

Neither Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich nor a Spotify representative immediately responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Rogan, stand-up comedian and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is a lightning rod for controversy with a huge following. Rogan’s show has an estimated audience of 11 million listeners per episode. Spotify acquired Rogan’s podcast library in 2020 in a $100 million deal.

Rogan found himself under fire earlier this year. In January, a coalition of hundreds of medical professionals called out Spotify for allowing Rogan to air “false and socially harmful claims” about coronavirus and vaccinations on the streaming platform that hosts his podcast. Rogan has repeatedly downplayed the need for coronavirus vaccines and used his platform to flirt with covid-19 misinformation. Podcasters and artists such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have told the streaming service they are pulling their work from Spotify because the company is allowing Rogan to spread misinformation about the pandemic. Mary L. Trump, the former president’s niece and fierce critic, was among those who pulled their work from Spotify in response to Rogan.

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The backlash led Rogan to post a video on Instagram admitting he could do more to better inform his millions of listeners, particularly regarding covid-19.

“I don’t always get it right,” he said earlier this year.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wrote in a press release that he refused to “cancel” Rogan, saying, “it’s important to me that we don’t take the position of content censor while ensuring that there are rules in place and consequences for those who violate them.This support came around the same time that approximately 70 episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience” were removed from the platform without explanation.

Shortly after Rogan’s controversies over coronavirus misinformation and the numerous previous instances in which the host has used the n-word, Trump offered his support for Rogan. The former president said in February that the beleaguered Spotify host should “stop apologizing”. Trump had claimed the media and Democrats forced Rogan to “look weak and scared” by apologizing.

“Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he needs to stop apologizing to the fake news maniacs and crazies and the radical left,” Trump said in a press release from his Save America PAC. “How many ways can you say you’re sorry?” Joe, do what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and scared.

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Trump reiterated his support for the Spotify host in a podcast interview in March, saying Rogan “isn’t racist” and “a very interesting guy.”

Rogan recently made headlines when he said he would support DeSantis if the Florida governor runs for president in 2024. DeSantis, seen as a potential GOP rival for Trump, has not announced whether he introduced himself.

“I think Ron DeSantis would work as a good president,” Rogan told actress Gina Carano on his podcast, according to Orlando Weekly. “I mean, what he’s done for Florida has been admirable.”

Rogan added that he thought DeSantis’ approach to the coronavirus in Florida was “correct.” Florida has more than 6.5 million reported cases of covid-19 and more than 76,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.

In Monday’s interview, Fridman suggested to Rogan that Trump might still appear on his show one day. Fridman pointed out how Rogan has had other controversial personalities on his Spotify show, such as Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. Rogan argued that Ye was different from Trump in that he is “an artist”.

“Kanye doing well or not doing well doesn’t change the course of our country,” Rogan said.

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