President Trump Weighs In On Joe Rogan Controversy, Says Stop Apologizing To ‘Radical Left Maniacs’
A lot of different folks have been weighing in recently on the controversies surrounding popular podcast host Joe Rogan who has found himself catching flack for allowing medical professionals with a differing opinion on issues like the COVID vaccine and masks to come on his program and share their views.
One of the people who has decided to speak out on this current topic is none other than former President Donald Trump, said that Rogan needs to stop apologizing, which he did after a video compilation of video clips featuring the podcast host using racial slurs surfaced.
“Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he’s got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics,” Trump went on to say in a statement. “How many ways can you say you’re sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and frightened. That’s not you and it never will be!”
Trump isn’t the only one sharing this kind of advice with Rogan. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke with Fox News, saying, “No, he shouldn’t have apologized. I mean, you see what happens? The mob will come after people, and they’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart on some of the things that they’re holding dear. And with COVID, he’s just bringing opposing views. He’s letting people decide. They say he’s against [the COVID vaccine]. I do not listen to his show, but then I read he specifically advocated for people with co-morbidities and elderly to get vaccinated,” DeSantis says. “I think a lot of the legacy outlets and I think the left fear the fact that he can reach so many people, and so they’re out to destroy him. But what I would say is don’t give an inch. Do not apologize. Do not kow to the mob. Stand up and tell them to pound sand; if you do that, there’s really nothing that they’re able to do to you. The only way they have power is if you let them get your goat.”
Rogan stated in his apology video posted to Instagram that using the slurs was the “most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly,” but he also noted that the clips were taken out of context.
“Rogan’s apology for his use of racial slurs is just the latest in an ongoing debate centered on free speech, the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, and the perceived censorship of those who don’t perfectly align with official messaging during the pandemic,” a report from WHAM, an ABC News affiliate, stated.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek recently stated in an email he sent out to the company’s employees that they would not be silencing Rogan.
“While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more,” Ek goes on to remark in his note. “And I want to make one point very clear — I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.”
“We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but canceling voices is a slippery slope. Looking at the issue more broadly, it’s critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress,” Ek said in the letter.