Joe Rogan Lists Reasons Why He Refuses to Become Republican

Joe Rogan has spoken out against the misconception that he's a Republican, giving a list of reasons why he is refusing to support the GOP.

The Joe Rogan Experience host, 54, had received widespread support from conservatives amid accusations that he was using his podcast to spread COVID vaccine misinformation—prompting a host of musicians to remove their work from Spotify in protest of his presence on the platform.

However, during Saturday's installment of his Spotify podcast, the media personality insisted that he is very much a "bleeding heart liberal" when it comes to a number of social issues.

As Rogan interviewed fellow comedian Andrew Schulz, the conversation turned to statements made by a number of Republicans, including Senator Ted Cruz, who said that the legalization of gay marriage was "clearly wrong."

Joe Rogan reveals why he shuns GOP
Joe Rogan denied on his podcast that he's a Republican, declaring that he's a "bleeding heart liberal" instead. Above, Rogan is pictured in Pasadena, California on March 15, 2019. Former President Donald Trump (inset) is seen in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on July 22, 2022. Michael S. Schwartz/Getty Images;/Mario Tama/Getty Images

"It's not just abortion rights, but now they're going after gay marriage too, which is so strange to me," Rogan said. "Gay marriage is not silly. It's marriage—it's marriage from people that are homosexual and it's, for them, it's important. They want it."

"They want to affirm their love and their relationship," Rogan went on. "And the fact that they're going after that now almost makes me feel like they want us to fight. They wanna divide us in the best way they can.

"And this is the best way for them to keep pulling off all the bulls**t they're doing behind the scenes is to get us to fight over things like gay marriage or get us to fight over things like abortion. It's just like, why are you removing freedoms?"

Agreeing, Schultz added: "If you are gonna say that marriage is an important cultural institution to the fabric of America, you can't remove it from Americans."

"It's so homophobic," Rogan stated. "Because you're saying there's something wrong with being homosexual by saying that you are opposed to gay marriage. You're saying you're opposed to gay people."

After going over the legal benefits afforded to those who are married, the former Fear Factor host then voiced his objections to being associated with the Republican Party.

"The fact that they're going after that now like that's the kind of s**t keeps me from being a Republican," Rogan said of the issues he had been discussing. "It's only one of the kind of—there's a bunch of s**t that keeps you from being a Republican."

"People will say like, 'Oh, you know, you're a secret conservative.' Like, you can suck my d**k. You don't know what the f**k you're talking about," he continued. "I'm so far away from being a Republican. Just because I believe in the Second Amendment and just because I support the military and just cause I support police."

Rogan added: "Like I was on welfare as a kid. I think it's important. I think having a social safety net is crucial. We should help each other. We're supposed to be one big community. I'm a bleeding heart liberal when it comes to a lot of s**t."

Earlier this month, Rogan said during a conversation with podcaster Lex Fridman that he has turned down offers to have former President Donald Trump on his show.

"It's already a weird time, you know, post-Trump," said Rogan, who has also criticized current President Joe Biden. "Like, the Trump era is also going to be one of the weirder times when people look back historically about the division in this country.

"He's such a polarizing figure that so many people felt like they could abandon their own ethics and morals and principles just to attack him and anybody who supports him because he is an existential threat to democracy itself."

"By the way, I am not a Trump supporter, in any way, shape or form," Rogan added. "I have had the opportunity to have him on my show, more than once, and I have said no every time. I don't want to help him. I'm not interested in helping him."