Popular podcaster and MMA commentator Joe Rogan has offered to host a 4-hour live debate between US president Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
The offer came during an interview with former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy, during which Rogan said: “I would want [to host the debate]. First of all, I’d want no one else in the room. Just the three of us.”
“And you would have to stream it live so no one could edit it. And I’d want them in there for hours. We should have that…if they wanted to do that, if they both wanted to come here to Austin, and sit down and have a debate, I would one hundred percent do it.”
Since then, President Trump has agreed, but Biden has not yet responded, leading some Trump supporters to speculate that the Democratic campaign wants to avoid an on-stage confrontation.
The two have already agreed to three debates this autumn, which will be televised globally, and will total four and a half hours. Rogan’s podcast would be an atypical forum for the Presidential race, but the podcaster has a huge audience, with his interviews totalling 2.6 billion views on YouTube alone.
However, many Biden supporters have taken to twitter to denounce Rogan as “far-right”, “racist” and “biased” as a justification for Biden not accepting the offer.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 16, 2020
Easy. Because Rogan is a right wing fascist. We need better people at the debate that are not far right fascist propaganda spreaders. We've had enough of the nonsense. We need critical thinkers who can read and comprehend.#TrumpHidTheTruth
— we need leaders (@mastersinleadin) September 16, 2020
To the men farting in my replies about calling Joe Rogan right wing: Yes, I said what I said. But more importantly, he’s a misogynist, racist, homophobe, and transphobe who has already said he’s voting for Trump. Take your tears to your mommy.
— jen psaki's head tilt before the kill 😎🍦💛🐝 (@CandiceAiston) September 15, 2020
Meghan McCain championing Joe Rogan moderating a presidential debate citing his credentials of having 200K followers. He’s popular because he’s a juvenile, racist misogynist, LOL. That is how far civility has been debased. What a dumb conversation.
— Veronica – Finals, baby! 🌶 (@chile_pepper) September 15, 2020
Joe Rogan is racist filth. I’m not sure why his opinion is even relevant. https://t.co/kDBtizeqe0
— Chloé: unicorn of snark 💜🦄 (@snarkgrapefruit) August 5, 2020
Rogan, who hosts one of the biggest podcasts in the world, the Joe Rogan Experience, has said previously that he would rather vote for Trump than Biden. However, he was initially a supporter of Bernie Sanders.
He is viewed by many of his listeners as a neutral platform, having interviewed figures as leftwing as Democratic candidate Andrew Yang, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks, and Socialist political rapper Immortal Technique. He’s also spoken to libertarian InfoWars founder Alex Jones, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes.