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Joe Rogan Blasts “Homophobic” Republicans: “I’m a Bleeding Heart Liberal”

“It’s not just abortion rights, but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me"

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    Joe Rogan is not happy about being associated with the conservative brand, as he explained on the July 23rd episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, going on a tirade about “homophobic” Republicans and adding, “I’m a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of shit.”

    To be fair, Rogan has always been more about vibes than policy. He endorsed Bernie Sanders for 2020, saying, “I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. I’m a Tulsi Gabbard supporter,” somehow simultaneously admiring perhaps the most liberal and most conservative Dems. When Sanders dropped out, Rogan said that he’d “rather vote for Trump than Biden,” though he later admitted that he didn’t vote for either. Now, he’s increasingly uneasy about a Republican party that has undergone a violent rightward shift. It goes beyond overturning Roe v. Wade, as Rogan observed.

    “It’s not just abortion rights, but now they’re going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me,” the world’s most popular podcast host said (via Mediaite). “Gay marriage is not silly. It’s marriage — it’s marriage from people that are homosexual and it’s for them. It’s important. They want it. They want to affirm their love and their relationship.”

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    He wondered if “they’re going after that now” because “they want us to fight. They wanna divide us in the best way they can. And this is the best way for them to keep pulling off all the bullshit they’re doing behind the scenes is to get us to fight over things like gay marriage or get us to fight over things like abortion or it’s just like, why are you removing freedoms? It’s so homophobic,” he vented. “Because you’re saying there’s something wrong with being homosexual by saying that you are opposed to gay marriage. You’re saying you’re opposed to gay people.”

    Rogan continued, “The fact that they’re going after that now, like that’s the kind of shit that keeps me from being a Republican. It’s only one of the— there’s a bunch of shit that keeps you from being a Republican.”

    He also blasted critics who think he’s conservative just because he supports conservative politicians and conservative talking points around the vaccine. “People will say like, ‘Oh, you know, you’re a secret conservative.’ Like you can suck my dick. You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about. I’m so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment and just because I support the military and just cause I support police,” he said.

    “Like I was on welfare as a kid. I think it’s important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. We should help each other. We’re supposed to be one big community. I’m a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of shit,” he anounced, before adding, “I just also believe in discipline and hard work. That’s where I fall into the conservative side.”

    Still, it’s hard to square Rogan’s allyship for gay rights with his support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Earlier this year, Rogan opined ,“DeSantis would work as a good president.” This in spite of the fact that DeSantis signed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the broad language of which effectively bans teachers of kindergarten through third grade from discussing any LGBTQ+ issues, up to and including their own spouses.

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    Regardless, one person he will absolutely not be voting for in 2024 is Donald Trump. Rogan recently claimed to have turned down multiple offers of having Trump on his show, saying, “I don’t want to help him.” He also called the former 45th president a “man-baby on Adderall.”

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