In the world of podcasting, there’s one rule that’s almost unbreakable. If you go on Joe Rogan’s show, you’re pretty much certain to be asked about aliens and UFOs. (Oh, sorry… we’re calling the UAPs now.) And that’s what happened to Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders when he sat down for an hour-long chat with Joe. Sanders was asked if he would be willing to disclose government secrets about aliens and extraterrestrial spacecraft if he became President. And at least for a moment, Bernie sounded like he was getting ready to storm Area 51. (New York Magazine)

Rogan: “If you got into the office and you found out something about aliens, if you found out something about UFOs, would you let us know?”

Sanders: “Well I tell you, my wife would demand I let you know.”

Rogan: “Is your wife a UFO nut?”

Sanders: “No, she’s not a UFO nut. She goes, Bernie, ‘What is going on do you know? Do you have any access to records?’”

Rogan: “You don’t have any access? You’ll let us know though?”

Sanders: “Alright, we’ll announce it on the show. How’s that?”

That question comes at the very end of the interview as they were wrapping up, so you can probably write it off as the sort of humorous, throw away question interviewers frequently use to spice up the segment with a bit of levity if you like. But then again, who knows? I’ve got the video clip queued up to that portion below, so judge for yourself.

Assuming he wasn’t fibbing, it’s interesting to learn that Sanders and his wife talk about the UFO phenomenon at home. As to whether or not Sanders would really let the cat out of the bag (assuming he was even able), that’s a complicated question. But Bernie might be playing this strategically if he’s keeping an eye on the polls. Recent surveys indicate that roughly half of the country now believes in intelligent extraterrestrial life and UFOs. And just last month, a YouGov poll showed that 54% of voters believe the government knows things about aliens and UFOs but they’re not sharing it with the public.

As someone who has followed this subject for quite a while, I can tell you that “Disclosure” is a huge topic with the believers. I’m not saying that this is the issue that’s going to decide the nominee or the next president, but it’s on the minds of an increasing number of people. The television and movie industries have responded by rolling out an increasing number of shows centered on the topic. It’s simply no longer dangerous for a candidate to come out and take a position on disclosure and nobody wants to hear them say that the government should keep secrets from us.

The problem is that neither Donald Trump nor Bernie Sanders (were he to somehow be elected) are likely to know any secrets, at least according to a popular belief in the UFOlogy community. It’s commonly thought that only a handful of people outside of the deep, black bag portions of the military know everything (assuming there’s anything to know) and they don’t tell the Presidents about it. Presidents come and go every four or eight years, but the folks running Area 51 and other dark sites are stuck there for their entire careers. One guess I hear fairly often is that if we really are sitting on any alien bodies or spacecraft, the last president to know about it was probably George H.W. Bush because of his extensive ties to the Defense Department and the intelligence community.

But hey… thanks for letting us know, Bernie. It’s at least some small consolation to hear that if you somehow get elected you’ll let us “have a look at them aliens” before you collapse the economy with your socialist policies.