Since we’re closing in on the Iowa caucuses, the candidates are still scrambling to nab any last-minute endorsements they can get. Along those lines, Bernie Sanders scored what might prove to be a pretty good one when one of the biggest podcasters in the country (if not the world), Joe Rogan, gave him the nod this week. Vice opines that this is perhaps the most influential endorsement in the country right now. I don’t know about that but the guy certainly does have a massive audience. Still, there is at least some anecdotal evidence to suggest that some progressives in Bernie’s base are unhappy about Sanders’ acceptance of the endorsement and quick decision to cut a campaign ad with Rogan.
Why might that be? As Michael Brendan Dougherty explains at National Review this week, Rogan’s podcast may draw huge numbers in terms of listeners, but he’s a brash character with little patience for political correctness. He’s also not exactly a fan of the entire transgender revolution thing, either. That puts him at odds with some demographics that Sanders needs if he wants to squeak his way over the finish line. But Dougherty also thinks Sanders would be foolish to listen to those voices and should accept the endorsement with open arms.
[Rogan] also recently gave a Roganesque endorsement for Bernie Sanders. And progressives are mad about it.
Why? Because Joe Rogan, like other comedians, rails against political correctness. He also makes jokes about transgenderism, opposes the participation of “trans women” participating in women’s sports, and has entertained and ventured the usual arguments about bone density, lung capacity, and strength when arguing for the unfairness of this practice.
Personally, I think progressives are nuts to reject endorsements for the most progressive candidate in history from generally centrist and enormously popular media figures. I would bet anything that Rogan’s audience is full of the Obama-Trump voters across the industrial Midwest and north.