Former Bernie Sanders supporter Joe Rogan has made it abundantly explicit why no one should ever conclude that he’s a member of the red team.
During a conversation with comedian Andrew Schulz, the influential Spotify podcaster called out “homophobic” Republicans such as Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for allegedly being far less supportive of gay marriage than he is.
“It’s not just abortion rights– but now they’re going after gay marriage, too, which is so strange to me,” said the cage fight commentator, humorist, and free-speech advocate who has described himself as a socially liberal pragmatist.
It’s somewhat of a strawman argument, however. What Rogan perhaps doesn’t realize is there is zero chance that the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex marriage ruling would ever be overturned either by the high court or by Congress, and Cruz, who has criticized the decision, has conceded that.
“[Gay people] want to affirm their love and their relationship. And the fact that they’re going after that now almost makes me feel like they want us to fight. They wanna divide us in the best way they can,” the host of the Joe Rogan experience noted. “Why are you ‘removing’ freedoms?”
Schulz agreed, interjecting that “If you’re gonna say that marriage is an important cultural institution to the fabric of America, you can’t remove it from Americans…”
“It’s so homophobic,” Rogan contended. “Because you’re saying there’s something wrong with being homosexual. By saying that you are opposed to gay marriage, you’re saying you’re opposed to gay people.” He then outlined the legal benefits that also accrue to the marital relationship.
Watch/listen to the entire sequence in the clip embedded below and draw your own conclusions:
(*Warning for language)
“The fact that they’re going after that now, like that’s the kind of s–t that keeps me from being a Republican. It’s only one of the kind of — there’s a bunch of s–t that keeps you from being a Republican,” Rogan revealed.
“People will say like, ‘Oh, you know, you’re a secret conservative.’ Like you can suck my d–k. You don’t know what the f– you’re talking about. I’m so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment and just because I support the military, and just cause I support police.”
Rogan, 54, continued on this theme: “Like, I was on welfare as a kid. I think it’s important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. We should help each other. We’re supposed to be one big community. I’m a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of s–t. I just also believe in discipline and hard work. That’s where I fall into the more conservative side.”
He went on to deny that he left Los Angeles for Texas because of the latter’s lower taxation regime. “I moved to Texas because I want f—–g freedom.”
Rogan — who has praised Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard — has found himself in several well-chronicled controversies that bordered on cancellation, so perhaps this is a way of trying to placate some of his left-wing critics.
But this presumes that anyone really cares about Joe Rogan’s political party affiliation.
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[Rogan] “has routinely found himself in the crosshairs of liberal media members for interviewing controversial figures, taking shots at networks like CNN, and questioning mainstream narratives on the coronavirus pandemic.
He found himself in hot water this year when a montage of him using the n-word on his program earlier in his career went viral; Rogan said the remarks were out of context but apologized,” Fox News recalled.
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