Democratic strategist rips 'ridiculous' backlash over Rogan endorsement of Sanders

Democratic strategist Colin Rogero dismissed criticism surrounding Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders pushes on in 2020 race MORE’s (I-Vt.) embrace of an endorsement by popular podcaster and comedian Joe Rogan.

"It is ridiculous," Rogero, a partner at political consulting firm 76 Words, told Hill.TV on Friday. 

“This is more of this liberal puritanism at work here and ultimately it weakens the party,” he added. “You can’t have a team if you fight more internally than you do against the external factor you want to win against."

Rogero went on to praise Rogan as a "great guy," and commended him for interviewing people across the political and ideological spectrum.  

“Joe Rogan interviews people who you deem good and bad, depending on which side of the political spectrum you’re on," he said. 

Rogero’s comments come after Rogan said that he would most likely vote for Sanders in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary, arguing that the White House hopeful has been “insanely consistent his entire life.”

“He’s basically been saying the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is very a powerful structure to operate from,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” while speaking with New York Times columnist Bari Weiss.

Sanders later touted the clip of the interview on Twitter, and Rogan's endorsement become a trending topic in the United States; however, Sanders’s decision to accept Rogan’s endorsement drew some criticism.

Some Twitter users pointed to past comments Rogan has made mocking the transgender community and feminists. Others criticized the comedian for interviewing and giving a platform to far-right commentators like Milo Yiannopoulous.

Sanders spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray issued a statement following the backlash, saying it will take "a big tent" to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE in November.

"The goal of our campaign is to build a multi-racial, multi-generational movement that is large enough to defeat Donald Trump and the powerful special interests whose greed and corruption is the root cause of the outrageous inequality in America,” she tweeted.

— Tess Bonn