By Emma Kinery
(Bloomberg) — The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Bernie Sanders to renounce an endorsement from radio host Joe Rogan, who has made derogatory comments about African Americans and LGBTQ people.
Rogan, who hosts “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the most downloaded podcasts, said he would “probably vote for Bernie,” adding “I believe in him. I like him a lot.”
In response, HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement that while Sanders’ […]
.@BernieSanders’ campaign must reconsider their decision to accept and promote the endorsement of someone who has consistently attacked and dehumanized marginalized people, including transgender people. My full statement: https://t.co/CZUieiWbay pic.twitter.com/znLT6iyNyQ
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) January 24, 2020
This is a pathetic response and I’m done. It is clear the Bernie Sanders campaign does not care about holding transphobia accountable, among the many other awful things Joe Rogan has perpetuated on his program.
I am a human being and a trans person. I am not “another belief”. https://t.co/QCwpRCDb09
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 24, 2020
I am legally obligated to have a take on Rogan-for-Sanders, so: If you are trying to pull white working class men into your coalition, doing it without abandoning your pro-immigration/socially liberal policies seems better for party cohesion than moving right to do so.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) January 24, 2020
Eh, two things can be true. Joe Rogan has pulled some truly dangerous shit, but there are a lot of young men who hang on his every word & I'd certainly rather them tune into Bernie Sanders than the craven host of demons waiting to eat their brains on white supremacist subreddits.
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 24, 2020
The history of Joe Rogan may cost Bernie Sanders more support than ever https://t.co/bZ0HNILoUq
— LGBTQ Nation (@lgbtqnation) January 25, 2020