Former President Donald Trump said Monday that comedian and podcast Joe Rogan should “stop apologizing to the fake news and radical left maniacs and lunatics.”
The former president’s message follows a wave of backlash that has enveloped Rogan in recent days. “How many ways can you say you’re sorry?” Trump said, before stating, “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!” the former president added in a closing quip.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently singled out Rogan for allegedly spreading “misinformation” on his podcast. Singers Neil Young and Joni Mitchell also pulled their music from Spotify in protest over what they deemed to be Rogan’s COVID “misinformation.”
Psaki on @joerogan and “misinformation” on Spotify:
“Our hope is that all major tech platforms and all major news sources for that matter be responsible and be vigilant…we want every platform to continue doing more…” pic.twitter.com/W3JtHZcicx
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 1, 2022
Rogan was thrown into more hot water after a supercut of him saying the n-word resurfaced and circulated online. The podcaster has since apologized. (RELATED: Joe Rogan Address Viral Video Of Him Saying The N-Word)
“There’s a video that’s out that’s a compilation of me saying the n-word. It’s a video that’s made of clips taken out of context of me of 12 years of conversations on my podcast, and it’s all smushed together. And, it looks f**king horrible, even to me,” Rogan said in a video message on Instagram.
Spotify responded to allegations of “misinformation” and the resurfaced video by removing episodes of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” according to The Independent. At the time of publication, the platform reportedly removed 113 episodes.
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang recently tweeted support for Rogan following the backlash. However, Yang promptly deleted the tweet, which read, “I don’t think Jor Rogan is a racist – the man interacts with and works with black people literally all of the time,” according to the New York Post. He later apologized and said he made “a mistake.”
Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski offered Rogan $100 million Monday to leave Spotify and use their platform as the cancel-culture mob decries Rogan for promoting free speech. He said the company stands with Rogan.
“How about you bring all your shows to Rumble, both old and new, with no censorship, for 100 million bucks over four years?” the letter reads. “This is our chance to save the world. And yes, this is totally legit.