UFC commentator and the host of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast Joe Rogan recently claimed he will never have Donald Trump on his show because he’s “not interested in helping him.”
Rogan’s comments came during an appearance on the Lex Fridman Podcast while the two were discussing the possibility of Donald Trump running for President of the United States in 2024.
Rogan broached the subject of Donald Trump saying, “The Trump Era is going to be one of the weirder times when people look back historically about the division in this country. He’s such a polarizing figure that so many people felt like they could abandon their own ethics and morals and principles just to attack him and anybody who supports him because he is an existential threat to democracy itself.”
When Fridman posited it’s going to get weirder, Rogan concurred saying, “Yeah, I think it’s going to get weirder. He’s going to run again.”
After Fridman asks him if Trump will win, Rogan replied, “He’s running against a dead man. Biden shakes hands with people that aren’t even there when he gets off stage. I think he’s seeing ghosts.”
“Did you see him on Jimmy Kimmel the other day? Well, he was just rambling,” Rogan asserted. “If he was anyone else, if he was a Republican, if that was Donald Trump doing that every f***ing talk show would be screaming for him to be off the air.”
From there Rogan declared he was not a supporter of Donald Trump and he would never have him on his show.
“By the way 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 and I’ve said no every time. I don’t want to help him. I’m not interested in helping him.”
Fridman countered that Rogan would have Trump on explaining, “I think, ultimately, you’ve had a lot of people that I think you may otherwise be skeptical would I have a good conversation, which I think is your metric. You don’t care about politics. Can I have a good conversation? You had people like Kanye on, for example, and you had a great conversation with him.”
Rogan replied, “But Kanye is an artist. Kanye doing well or not doing well doesn’t change the course of our country.”
When asked if he bears the responsibility of the course of the country based on a conversation, Rogan answered, “I think you can revitalize and rehabilitate someone’s image in a way that is pretty shocking. Look at the way people look at Alex Jones now because Alex Jones has been on my podcast a few times.”
“The people that have watched those podcasts think that he’s hilarious,” Rogan said. “They think that he definitely f***ed up with that whole Sandy Hook thing, but he’s right more than he’s wrong. And he’s not an evil guy. He’s just a guy who’s had some psychotic breaks in his life. He’s had some genuine mental health issues, which he’s addressed. He’s had some serious bouts of alcoholism, some serious bouts of substance abuse, and they’ve contributed to some very poor thinking.”
“But if you know the guy, if you get to know him like I have — I’ve known him for more than 20 years — and if you know him on podcasts, you realize he is genuinely trying to unearth some things that are genuinely disturbing for most people. This is a guy that was telling me about Epstein’s island a f***ing decade ago, at least,” he told Fridman.
After delving briefly into Epstein, Fridman suggested Rogan would have the opportunity to call Trump out on his “bulls***. However, Rogan countered by claiming that he doesn’t believe Trump would genuinely engage in the conversation.
He said, “I don’t know if he would genuinely be there. I think he would be putting on a performance. And he doesn’t do any drugs. That’s the thing about Alex, you get Alex high, you get him drunk, and then he’ll start talking about interdimensional child molesters. And then you get the real Alex.”
When Fridman suggested that Jones should be part of the conversation with Trump, Rogan retorted, “No, no, no. It would have to be just me and him. That would be a focused thing. I would have to really take time with Trump, but also I’m not well versed enough politically to know all the corruption that’s been alleged, to understand what the whole Russiagate stuff, what’s real.
He continued, “How much of it – it’s clear that there is more than one organization that’s involved in communicating with Russia before the 2016 elections. It’s pretty clear that the Clinton administration was involved. It’s pretty clear that the Trump administration had some communication with some people in Russia. It’s pretty clear that Hunter Biden had some very suspicious dealing in Ukraine. There’s a lot going on there, man.”
“And it’s hard for anybody to parse. It’s really hard for anybody,” he declared. “And especially to have an objective assessment of exactly what’s going on, and then to be able to do that and broadcast it publicly. That’s quite a project. And I think if you really want to do that correctly that’s something that I would have to research for a long time. And I don’t have that kind of time.”
What do you make of Rogan’s explanation on why he will never have Donald Trump on his show?
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