Podcast host Joe Rogan said Monday that he has repeatedly declined to host former President Donald Trump on his show, The New York Times reports.
“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 — I’ve said no, every time. I don’t want to help him,” Rogan told podcast host Lex Fridman. “I’m not interested in helping him.”
Rogan called the Trump era “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,” Rogan said.
Rogan dings Biden:
Rogan, who has expressed interest in supporter Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, also criticized Biden, predicting Trump would run against a “dead man.”
“Well, he’s running against a dead man, you know? I mean, (Joe) Biden, shakes hands with people that aren’t even there when he gets off stage,” Rogan said. “I think he’s seeing ghosts”
Rogan also called out Biden for “rambling” during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.
“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-air,” Rogan said.
Bannon lashes out:
Longtime Trump adviser Steve Bannon attacked Rogan over the comments, somehow linking his deal with Spotify to rap videos posted to the platform by suspected Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo.
"You know, Joe Rogan is trash-talking Trump," Bannon said. "Where's Joe Rogan taking the $100 million blood money from Spotify. Where's he about Spotify putting [the alleged shooter's] rap videos up and making money off of it?"
"No offense," he added, "he doesn't need your platform. He doesn't need your low-information voters. OK? Trump deals with high-information people. Your audience couldn't handle War Room, couldn't follow it."