Popular podcaster Joe Rogan revealed this week that he’s interested in voting for Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the 2024 presidential race.
He made the remarks during a discussion Wednesday with journalist Alex Berenson.
“What do you think of RFK Jr?” the discussion began with him asking Berenson.
“I like him personally. I’ve been interviewed by him. I think he’s right to raise questions about the mRNA’s. I don’t agree with a lot of the details of what he says,” the journalist replied before Rogan jumped in with his own take.
“He’s a fascinating guy,” the podcast host said. “I really enjoyed talking to him. What’s really important is his work as an environmental attorney, what he did with the Hudson River. He cleaned up the Hudson River, a lot of it based on him winning cases. And he really cares about people. Genuinely does. I think he’s a good person. I really do.”
Asked by Berenson whether he’d consider voting for RFK in the 2024 race, Rogan then rushed to reply in the affirmative.
“Yeah, I’d vote for him. Yeah, I would,” he said.
But he then cautioned that he likely won’t ever get the chance to vote for RFK because of the Democrat Party’s “rascally tricks.”
“I don’t think I’m going to get that opportunity. I have a feeling they’ve got some rascally tricks up their sleeves to keep him from ever challenging. And there’s not going to be any debates, that’s for sure. I mean, this is like a show that I can’t stop watching,” he said.
“If I wasn’t personally involved, it wasn’t, you know, something going on in the country that I live in, I would be like, ‘Wow, this show is crazy.’ Is that guy going to make it? Like, what’s going to happen? Is he going to be the president like or is Russia gonna nuke us?” he added.
What sort of rascally tricks? Like preventing RFK and other Democrat challengers from debating President Joe Biden. The Democratic National Committee announced the decision earlier this summer to effectively bar primary debates this election season. The decision prompted massive backlash, including from celebrities.
“I cannot get over the fact that the Democratic National Committee is saying there will not be a debate to decide the nominee for president. Are you f–king kidding me?” actor James Van Der Beek said in a TikTok video uploaded on Memorial Day.
“There’s no debate? There’s no debate over an 80-year-old man who, if he lives, would be the oldest sitting president in the history of the country? And if he doesn’t live, has a vice president whose approval rating is worse than his?” he added.
Beek played Zach in the classic sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
@vanderjames Disabling comments on this one because the people who SHOULD be debating are the candidates #NoDebateNoDemocracy #DNC #democraticprimaries ♬ original sound – James Van Der Beek
Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson also criticized the decision, telling NewsNation last month that most Democrats want to see a debate.
“The majority of Democratic voters have said that they want to see debates just like the Republicans had the other night. The Republican electorate should see what their choices are, and so should the Democrats. … The traditional role of the political party is to stand in the background. Let the voters decide. It’s called … democracy,” she said.
Meanwhile, former Ohio state senator and co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign Nina Turner said in a tweet back in April that the DNC’s decision is “undemocratic” and that it “robs voters of choice.”
The DNC refusing to hold a single primary debate is undemocratic and robs the voters of choice.
No one who feels confident in their record and/or ideas would hesitate to stand on them.
The DNC should hold debates.
This is supposed to be a democratic process.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) April 24, 2023
It’s simple — I believe in democracy, therefore I believe in debates.
The DNC, RNC, and every third party should hold that same belief in a democracy.
This isn’t a radical idea.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) April 24, 2023
Kennedy himself has also spoken out against the decision.
“The DNC, at this point, has taken the official position that there will be no debate, and I think that’s unfortunate,” he told Breitbart’s Joel Pollak back in April.
“He also criticized the DNC’s decision to alter the top of its presidential nominating calendar for the 2024 election cycle by voting to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their leadoff positions,” Fox notes.
Republicans meanwhile already held their first primary debate in August and have another one scheduled for late September.
FYI, former President Donald Trump didn’t attend the first debate and likely won’t attend the next one either.
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