We live in a culture today where people make it their mission to dig up dirt on others, then use social media to call them out. That’s what’s happening to Joe Rogan and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is catching friendly fire as a result.
Joe Rogan, one of the most successful podcasters of all time, endorsed Bernie Sanders on a recent episode of his show. Video of the endorsement was tweeted out by the Sanders campaign, which was then seen by millions and retweeted over 140,000 times.
On previous shows Rogan has made statements that some consider to be offensive.
For example, Human Rights Campaign president Alphonso David has called for Sanders to renounce Rogan and his endorsement. David said Rogan has “attacked transgender people, gay men, women, people of color and countless marginalized groups at every opportunity. Given Rogan’s comments, it is disappointing that the Sanders campaign has accepted and promoted the endorsement. The Sanders campaign must reconsider this endorsement and the decision to publicize the views of someone who has consistently attacked and dehumanized marginalized people.”
So far the Sanders campaign has not given in to the pressure. But, this is politics, and you never know what will happen when candidates need votes. Throw in the fact that voters care very little about endorsements these days. Will anyone REALLY vote for a candidate because of who Rogan says he’s voting for or who The New York Times endorses.
It’s doubtful Joe Rogan cares a lick about the controversy. His show continues to be at the top of the podcast charts, his listeners love him and his show is consistently downloaded millions of times.