Donald Trump Tells UFC Commentator Joe Rogan To 'Stop Apologising'
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Donald Trump has leapt to the defence of Joe Rogan, urging the UFC commentator to "stop apologising" following his recent podcast controversies.
Rogan has become embroiled in a number of controversies over the past few months, most recently one which involved a compilation video surfacing on social media which showed him saying the N-word a number of times while on air.
Prior to that, he was facing heavy backlash for allegedly spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine and alternative medicines.
Now former U.S. president Trump has come to the aid of Rogan, issuing some words of encouragement and guidance to the podcaster.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Trump said: "Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he's got to stop apologising to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics. How many ways can you say you're sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don't let them make you look weak and frightened. That's not you and it never will be!"
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President Donald J. Trump:
"Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he's got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics. How many ways can you say you're sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don't let them... pic.twitter.com/KC82LZi1gS
The former Fear Factor host has certainly come under fire with some people even threatening to take action by striking against Spotify who hold exclusive rights to his podcasts.
A number of high-profile celebrities have spoken out against Rogan - although he appears to have garnered the support of an ex-president at least.
Most notably, legendary musician Neil Young asked Spotify to pull his tunes from the platform in response to Rogan's comments.
Now Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has sent a message to his employees where he says that Rogan's comments are "incredibly hurtful".
"While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realise some will want more," Ek said in a statement.
"And I want to make one point very clear - I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer.
"We should have clear lines around content and take action when they are crossed, but cancelling voices is a slippery slope.
"Looking at the issue more broadly, it's critical thinking and open debate that powers real and necessary progress."