Influential podcaster Joe Rogan, someone who has described himself as a socially liberal pragmatist, has implied that there is a potential solution for Americans fed up with the effects of authoritarian COVID-related mandates and lockdowns: Vote GOP.
This recommendation came during a long-form interview with Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“No one who is alive today has ever experienced a true pandemic, and I’m hoping — that now that this is over — people are going to recognize that some serious errors were made and not repeat those. That’s the best you can get out of it,” Rogan, who has controversially questioned the mainstream narrative, told Rodgers.
When Rodgers asked the Spotify host “what do you tell those people?” Rogan immediately replied, “Vote Republican,” which prompted laughter from the National Football League luminary, although it’s not clear whether the chuckling meant approval or disapproval.
Joe Rogan wants everyone to vote republican pic.twitter.com/Cw604iUxGX
— Art TakingBack 🇺🇸 (@ArtValley818_) August 28, 2022
This endorsement, if that’s what it is, comes at a time when there is a lot of doom, based on some polling data which may or may not be accurate, that the GOP may fall short of taking control of Congress in November after all.
As he told Rodgers, Rogan, 55, continues to be a big fan of the Florida governor: “That’s what a lot of them are going to do anyway. Oh yeah — more than a million people transferred over to the Republican Party, I think in 2021 alone…but you look at guys like Ron DeSantis who kept Florida open and had some reasonable policies in terms of like what to do about COVID. He mapped it out on television. He was widely criticized for this, where he was saying ‘we need to protect our elders; we need to, you know, make sure medical care is available for those people, and everyone else, you should be able to do whatever you want to do,’ protect your freedom,” he added.
As the former Bernie Sanders supporter alluded, DeSantis effectively balanced Florida’s public health needs with economic and educational considerations, as well as personal freedom, which the comedian and cage-fight commentator has previously described as “admirable.”
Rogan’s remark about voting for the red team is perhaps interesting in that last month, with an expletive, he rejected any perception that he, personally, is at all conservative.
Joe Rogan fires off salty message for those who say he’s conservative via @BIZPACReview – https://t.co/LcwAmeYivH
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 25, 2022
Separately during the discussion, Aaron Rodgers recalled the “craziness” around the time when he told the vaccine-hawkish sports media — which is now probably even more leftist than the political media — that he had been “immunized” against COVID.
Rodgers said he would have described the alternative, more holistic process if the media asked follow-up questions, which they didn’t.
In what he described as part of a witch hunt, the media subsequently denounced Rodgers as a liar and worse.
“It was really difficult, for sure, for a lot of reasons,” Rodgers, 38, who appeared to be smoking a cigar, said. He also noted that he is allergic to one of the ingredients in the vaccine.
“I did my research. Typically speaking, because I’m healthy, and I take care of myself, getting vaccinated was not on the top of my list, but I wanted to look into it….I wanted to make sure that I was doing my part, if that’s what was necessary, to keep myself safe, and my loved ones safe, and my teammates safe…”
Aaron Rodgers PEEVED over vaccine joke about ‘how many grandmothers’ he killed: ‘I don’t find that funny’ https://t.co/VVgoPxBQL8 pic.twitter.com/XMRJ17kAGd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 8, 2022
Rodgers talked about vastly different team policies that applied to vaxxed versus unvaccinated players, including having to wear distinctive wristbands at the training facility and limited workout opportunities. He also lamented the public shaming that unvaxxed players received, including those whose roster spots were not guaranteed.
It was no secret among the Packers, and the NFL itself, that he did not get the jab, Rodgers insisted.
The QB claimed that he wound up getting COVID from a vaccinated teammate. “That’s when the s—storm hit, because now I’m a liar and endangering the community and my teammates, all these people. The attempted takedown of me and, you know, my word and my integrity began…Everybody who wanted to jump on me and trash me did and showed their true colors,” Rodgers said. “And very few people in the media, at least, stuck by me.”
Watch the segment embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
Joe Rogan is also a fan of former Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany (*warning for language).
Joe Rogan Compares Jen Psaki to Kayleigh McEnany
"She's the F***ing Michael Jordan of White House Press Secretaries"https://t.co/7kcZAxIdkC pic.twitter.com/sSD7Gt6NlF
— 🇨🇦WVDesousa🇺🇸🍊☢️ (@WVDesousa03) August 28, 2022
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