Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California expressed concern during a recent interview about his son’s interest in right-leaning figures like Joe Rogan, Andrew Tate and Jordan Peterson.
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During the interview, the outlet asked Newsom whether he had talked to his children about potential issues surrounding AI.
“I had a very serious conversation with my oldest daughter about the chatbots on Snap,” Newsom responded, before pivoting to a discussion of his son’s interest in online content creators that many Democrats denounce as dangerous right-wing extremists.
“I really worry about these micro-cults that my kids are in,” the governor told Bloomberg. “I say micro-cults because I don’t know if there’s a better way to describe it. My son is asking me about Andrew Tate, Jordan Petersen [sic]. And then immediately he’s talking about Joe Rogan. And I’m like, here it is, the pathway.”
Andrew Tate is a masculinity influencer and former professional kickboxer facing charges in Romania for rape and human trafficking, Joe Rogan hosts the popular interview podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” and Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and the author of “12 Rules For Life.” (RELATED: California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office Pressured Dems To Shelve Transgender Bill: REPORT)
Newsom’s oldest son, Hunter, is 12 years old.