This Mathematician Thinks Joe Rogan Should Run for President
In this day and age, it seems as if celebrity presidential candidates are becoming more common. Donald Trump is already in office, and that seems to have set a precedent that has some bolder celebrities, such as Kanye West, promising future presidential runs. And while some celebrities suddenly seem to be growing political brains and touting alleged political acumen, there are plenty who aren’t taking a single step towards the White House.
One of those is Joe Rogan. The UFC commentator and podcast host has never shied away from difficult topics, and politics is certainly an area of interest for Rogan. While Rogan himself has not expressed a sincere interest in running for office, one fellow podcaster thinks it’s Rogan’s time to make a run.
Why Eric Weinstein thinks Joe Rogan’s run would matter
Eric Weinstein is a 54-year-old mathematical physicist and the managing director of Thiel Capital, an investment firm of Peter Thiel’s. The mathematician appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and has since made the claim that Joe Rogan would be an excellent choice for a presidential run.
However, Weinstein specified that Rogan wouldn’t win. Instead, he’d shake up what a presidential run could look like. Weinstein suggests the effect would be huge, and that “regular media folks” have no concept of Joe Rogan’s reach.
“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?” inquired Weinstein.
The mathematician also suggested that while Rogan is associated with typically masculine activities like UFC and hunting, his compassionate nature would help win him points and combat the idea of toxic masculinity. Weinstein also adds that Rogan wouldn’t need to worry about campaign finance.
“It could take silly drug scandals off the table, fix gender, break media, and avoid fundraising,” said Weinstein.
Meanwhile, other pundits seem to believe that Rogan would face immense opposition research. Mike Cernovich, a conservative pundit, believes that Rogan would see his podcast diced up and re-edited to paint him in a wildly negative light, and that he would ultimately break from the pressure within two weeks.
Eric Weinstein and Joe Rogan discuss debates
This isn’t the first time Eric Weinstein and Joe Rogan have discussed politics, and it’s also not the first time Weinstein suggested that Rogan might have a more active hand. In fact, some have even suggested that Joe Rogan should host long-form Democratic debates.
Eric Weinstein had previously tweeted, “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?”
Meanwhile, a petition on Change.org to have Joe Rogan moderate the 2020 Presidential debate has over 200,000 signatures in its favor currently, with more adding their names to the petition daily.
Fan reactions, especially to the idea of Joe Rogan hosting the Presidential debate, have been largely positive.
One Twitter user wrote, Another benefit of @joerogan moderating a #DemDebate: He’s a normal human being. He doesn’t get paid to be a millionaire by corp. media billionaires in @foxnewsalert @MSNBC or @CNN.”
Comments on Eric Weinstein’s thread regarding long-form debate alternatives were also largely positive. One user 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 Twitter user added, Absolutely there’s interest. Build it and the candidates will come. They can’t say no to the type of exposure Rogan and others can provide them. No doubt it would crush the ratings of any other debate on a major network. Seriously, let’s do this. It’s BEEN time for a change.”