The most popular podcaster on the planet just endorsed Donald Trump.
Joe Rogan, who previously backed Bernie Sanders, said Friday he’d vote for Trump over likely Democrat candidate Joe Biden. While polls still show Biden as the favorite to win, Rogan’s support has all-but ended Joe Biden’s bid for the White House:
I can’t vote for that guy [Joe Biden] I’d rather vote for Trump than him. I don’t think he can handle anything
Millions of Americans tune into Joe Rogan’s podcast, giving the comedian a huge platform witch which to dismantle Biden. His guest during the episode was mathematician and economist Eric Weinstein, who also said he wouldn’t vote for Biden but stopped short of throwing his support behind Trump:
I want a choice of an actual president that’s viable. I don’t have one.
Weinstein and Rogan’s views project a powerful image of the Democrat party’s support base right now: Those who will vote for Biden, those who will vote for Trump and those who won’t vote at all.
It’s essentially exactly how the 2016 election plays out, except this time the scales are tipped even further in Donald Trump’s favor.
Bernie Sanders represented the anti-Trump. His policies, demeanor and personal life were the opposite of what America was getting with Trump.
Biden, on the other hand, is Trump-lite. His supporters can be forgiven for having no idea what his policies are, because his campaign has failed to emphasize them.
Joe Biden’s demeanor isn’t quite as aggressive as Trump’s, but he’s been known to explode at unfortunate moments just like the president. Scandals among his family members and his strong ties to the financial sector all make Biden look eerily similar to Trump.
Many Sanders voters believed not only in the Vermont senator’s policies, but his authenticity as well. Sanders isn’t owned by the Democrats as Joe Biden is, and he isn’t an establishment candidate.
Biden has been the party’s prime choice from the beginning. That draws parallels to 2016 when Hillary Clinton was helped to a victory against Bernie Sanders. He’s a media favorite that some Democrat voters are hesitant to trust.
That’s emphasized by the Democrats’ reluctance to investigate claims that Biden sexually assaulted a woman back in 1993. When the shoe was on the other foot with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, liberal media and party big-wigs were intent on fully investigating claims he’d been involved in sexual assault. But when Joe Biden’s campaign was compromised by similar accusations, the claims have been downplayed and forgotten.
So, for some Sanders supporters—especially women and young people—voting for Biden feels a lot like voting for Trump. That subsection of Democrat voters might decide to skip the November vote all together, as Weinstein insinuates.
It might seem impossible that Trump could have any edge at all, as he presides over the worst public health disaster and economic downturn in history. But regardless of the outcome one fact is true: he’s doing more than Joe Biden.
That’s what Joe Rogan underscored on his podcast—Donald Trump is acting (whether right or wrong) under pressure. It remains unknown how Biden would respond, because he’s been confined to his home amid the lockdowns.
If coronavirus is under control and the economy restarted by autumn, Donald Trump will get the credit for leading America through a disaster. He will benefit from the Americans rallying around the flag and rooting for the country throughout coronavirus.
Trump’s handling of the economic fallout from coronavirus will be a huge determining factor for the election. Meanwhile, Biden will have limited exposure as he’s forced to wait out the crisis like everyone else.
While most polls show Biden is most likely to win in November, a deeper dive shows that may not be the case. Fifty-five percent of Trump’s supporters are “very enthusiastic” about the president’s reelection.
Compare that to Joe Biden’s 28% of “very enthusiastic” voters and you can see many are simply choosing what they believe is the lesser of two evils. In the past, a lack of enthusiasm has preceded a loss for that candidate.
Joe Rogan’s podcast shines a light on that fact—perhaps people prefer Biden to Trump, but not enough to fight for him.
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Last modified: April 5, 2020 5:02 PM UTC