With about 200 million monthly podcast downloads, Joe Rogan makes a solid chunk of change off his show each year. In 2019, he incurred $30 million from show downloads alone, which puts him at the top of the podcasting pedestal. After 1,609 episodes, you'd think we would have a solid sense of Rogan's political views.
The former Fear Factor host says he's not affiliated with any political party, so an analysis of his politics requires a little digging.
What do Joe Rogan's politics look like?
The first thing we'll look at is what Rogan doesn't like, and that's President Biden. In Apr. 2020, Rogan interviewed Eric Weinstein, the managing director for Thiel Capital. Rogan told Weinstein, "‘I can’t vote for that guy. I’d rather vote for Trump [...] I don’t think he can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that."
This is a big switch from someone who had vocally supported Bernie Sanders in the past. The politics of Sanders and Trump really couldn't be any more different, and the American people know it.
In 2016, when Sanders lost out to Hillary Clinton in the primary election, Rogan did the same switch. He supported Sanders but then ditched the Democratic party once Clinton was at the head.
Is Joe Rogan a libertarian?
“I think I'll probably vote for Bernie... He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from.” -Joe Rogan pic.twitter.com/fuQP0KwGGI— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 23, 2020
Fans of Rogan have stated that the podcast host's political views have a libertarian bent. Rogan has interviewed numerous politicians, including former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, where he's talked about his beliefs to a limited degree.
It's one thing to deduce political affiliation through a person's statements, but it's another thing to hear it from them yourself. Rogan isn't going to be assigning himself a political party anytime soon. He's often associated with liberal iteals because he's open about discussing cannabis, psychedelics, sensory deprivation tanks, and other topics that aren't necessarily viewed as conservative. However, his fiscal views as a millionaire shake things up a bit.
Joe Rogan and Seth Rogen aren't brothers, but they do have some things in common.
Despite their identical-sounding family names, you can probably tell by this article that Joe Rogan and Seth Rogen spell their surnames differently. No, they're not brothers—though they do both have a penchant for cannabis (and maybe have some other things in common, too). Joe Rogan is from Newark, N.J. while Seth Rogen is a Canadian from Vancouver, B.C.
Joe Rogan and Elon Musk seem to be friends beyond the recording studio
On Feb. 11, Elon Musk was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast for the third time. In the past, Musk toked up with Rogan, despite Musk claiming to have never used marijuana before. This time, Musk said he wanted to make the Tesla Roadster hover if he could do it without killing people.
Musk has recently announced a move to Texas for himself and the Tesla headquarters. Rogan also said he'll be moving to Austin (some say it's to help cut down on property and income taxes that could save him millions), so it looks like the two will stick close together even outside of California.