Sorry Presidential Run Hopefuls, Joe Rogan Says He’d ‘Never Run For Anything Ever’
Joe Rogan fans are committed, to say the least. And it’s easy to see why that might be the case. Rogan offers podcast episodes on a wide variety of topics, and tends to try and address these topics from the perspective of the everyman.
This approach has earned Rogan a huge audience across the United States. Some members of that same audience want to see Rogan take up a new mantle, however — that of a presidential candidate. Rogan, unfortunately, does not seem to hold the same viewpoint.
A mathematician says Joe Rogan should run
Some of Joe Rogan’s fans have been pushing for the podcaster, comedian, and UFC commentator to make a run at the presidency. And it seems they’re not alone. Eric Weinstein, a 54-year-old mathematical physicist and the managing director of Thiel Capital, agrees that Rogan should go for it.
That being said, Weinstein doesn’t think Rogan would actually stand a genuine chance of winning the election. He does, however, think that Rogan would be able to shake things up. Weinstein thinks that because the “regular media folks” have no conception of Rogan’s large fanbase and reach, he’d have more power in leading the discussion than expected.
Weinstein asked on Twitter, “He owns a media asset & his humor as a comedian would make anything he wanted go viral w/ armies of volunteers. And what are our debates if not hecklefests?”
Weinstein also thinks Rogan would appeal to women who are wary of typical toxic masculinity. He thinks Rogan, who enjoys typically gender-roled activities like UFC and hunting, has a compassion and willingness to listen that removes him from the usual conception of masculinity.
“It could take silly drug scandals off the table, fix gender, break media, and avoid fundraising,” said Weinstein.
Joe Rogan for debate moderator 2020
However, it’s not just president that Rogan fans are jockeying for. Others think that Joe Rogan would serve America well if he were to act as the debate moderator for 2020 presidential hopefuls. In fact, the idea is so popular that there’s a Change.org petition with over 200,000 signatures on it so far.
Weinstein previously tweeted about the debates, “This was just being discussed at a recent dinner by @SamHarrisOrg and @joerogan. The idea of long-form debates with penalties for mindless gotchas done well off of the mainstream institutional media is totally viable. I couldn’t see the impediment anyway. But is there interest?”
Twitter users seemed excited about the idea. One replied, “Hell yes. Cut their mics if they don’t respond to the question that was asked. Or something. Idk. Anything better than what we have now.”
Another added, “This would naturally prune the candidates who are just regurgitating rhetoric, I hope it happens.”
Joe Rogan says he’s just not interested
Unfortunately for presidential hopefuls, it seems as if Joe Rogan is just totally uninterested in running for a governmental position. During a diatribe against Joe Biden’s stance on marijuana, Rogan revealed his distaste for the idea.
Towards the end of his thoughts on what Biden said, Rogan told his guest, Louie Psihoyos, “And this knucklehead saying that it’s a gateway drug — no, pain is a gateway drug. Trauma is a gateway drug. Abuse is a gateway to drugs. It’s not marijuana. Marijuana is just a time-honored psychedelic substance that people have been enjoying for thousands and thousands of years.”
Psihoyos tells Rogan, “You should have run for Congress.”
Rogan replies, “F*ck that I’m not running for anything. I’m not even running for my neighborhood’s whatever the hell it is. … Look I’m not ever running for anything ever.”
Sorry Rogan fans, it seems you might be out of luck on this one.