Story at a glance:
- Joe Rogan called out CNN’s Don Lemon.
- The UFC announcer and comedian criticized the idea of vaccine passports on last week’s episode of his podcast.
- Donald Trump Jr. shared a clip of Rogan’s podcast.
One of the country’s most popular podcasters is calling COVID-19 vaccine passports “one step closer to dictatorship.”
Joe Rogan, also a UFC announcer and comedian, shared his opinion during an episode of his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” on Friday. Rogan specifically singled out CNN host Don Lemon for talking about a future where vaccines are required for certain activities or events, The New York Post reported.
Rogan criticized Lemon for talking “openly” about a future where those with the vaccines are able to “do what they want” and go wherever the f--k you wanna go,” according to The New York Post.
He went on to say that only “dumb” people would accept these rules, especially in the U.S. which, in his terms, became the “greatest superpower the world has ever known” through an “experiment in self-government that actually worked.”
“And how did it do that? It did it through freedom,” he told his listeners.
By Monday, a clip of the show was seen 3.7 million times and shared by Donald Trump Jr.
“Joe Rogan gets it,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
“Because when you give people freedom, you let them do whatever the f–k they want to do, they actually find ways to succeed and grow and thrive,” Rogan said.
“As soon as you give politicians power — any kind of power that didn’t exist previously — historically they don’t relinquish that power. They find new reasons to use it,” he said. “All you hear is, ‘Take this vaccine that doesn’t even prevent you from getting the disease’ or you can’t go … wherever the f–k you wanna go. It really is madness.”
Rogan also made a controversial statement on vaccination back in April, saying the young and health need not concern themselves with shots, The NY Post previously reported.
“I’m not a doctor, I’m a f–cking moron,” Rogan later said of the huge backlash his comments caused.
“I’m not a respected source of information, even for me … But I at least try to be honest about what I’m saying.”
The U.S., particularly in the south, is currently seeing an uptick of cases as officials urge individuals to get vaccinated.
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