As wildly in style podcaster Joe Rogan comes beneath heavy fireplace for spreading Covid-19 misinformation and his lengthy historical past of racist, misogynistic and transphobic remarks, former US President Donald Trump has inspired him to face his floor.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, Mr Trump wrote that the host ought to shrug off the assaults towards him and resist efforts to silence him or change his methods.
“Joe Rogan is an attention-grabbing and in style man,” wrote the ex-president, “however he’s acquired to cease apologising to the Pretend Information and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics.
“What number of methods are you able to say you’re sorry? Joe, simply go about what you accomplish that effectively and don’t allow them to make you look weak and frightened.
“That’s not you and it by no means will likely be!”
Whereas the rising outrage at Mr Rogan was sparked by a current run of interviews the place he and his friends shared false claims about Covid-19 and the veracity of peer-reviewed scientific analysis into the virus and vaccines designed to guard towards it, a lot of his critics have pointed to myriad incidents wherein he makes use of racist epithets, jokes about coercing women into sex acts, and mocks trans folks utilizing offensive phrases.
Mr Rogan has apologised for among the incidents, and Spotify – which paid $100m to host his podcast completely – has eliminated a number of again episodes whereas defending its choice to maintain him on its platform.
As main artists together with Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell withdraw their music from Spotify citing Mr Rogan’s internet hosting of misinformation, many on the fitting apart from Mr Trump are defending him from what they contemplate an act of organised left-wing “cancellation”.
Proper-wing web site Rumble yesterday offered Mr Rogan $100m to defect from Spotify to its “anti-censorship” platform, writing that “we stand with you, your friends, and your legion of followers in want for actual dialog”.