Joe Rogan has slammed Vice President Kamala Harris over the hypocrisy of her stance on Brittney Griner’s jail sentence in Russia.
The UFC commentator called out Ms Harris for advocating for the release of Griner, who remains in jail on drug charges, despite America prosecuting ‘thousands’ for similar offences.
The WNBA player was detained in Moscow back in February after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were found in her bag.
"You put people in jail. You did."— The Recount (@therecount) August 29, 2022
— Joe Rogan blasts VP Kamala Harris' sympathetic stance on WNBA star Brittney Griner, despite convicting and incarcerating Americans on similar cannabis charges as a prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/TkNXriVMkn
She was sentenced to nine years in jail by a Russian judge, with calls for the United States government to step in to bring the American home.
In the wake of the sentencing, Ms Harris tweeted: “With today’s sentencing, Russia continues its wrongful detention of Brittney Griner. She should be released immediately. POTUS and I, and our entire Administration, are working every day to reunite Brittney, as well as Paul Whelan, with loved ones who miss each of them dearly."
It was those remarks that Joe Rogan took aim at during a three-hour podcast conversation with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who agreed with the sentiment.
Rogan said: “The hypocrisy about the Griner situation was so egregious in this country where Kamala Harris is talking about how horrible it is that Brittney Griner is in jail. You put people in jail. Yeah, you did. Thousands of people in jail for marijuana.”
As a prosecutor, Harris oversaw more than 1,900 marijana-related convictions in San Francisco.
However, most of those arrested were never incarcerated, with only a few dozen actually sent to jail under Harris’ watch, according to Forbes.
And as recently as 2019 she tweeted her support for legalising marijuana.
It’s time to end mass incarceration.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 9, 2019
This includes legalizing marijuana, sentencing reforms, and abolishing private prisons. With the addition of job training and education, these actions will reduce crime and help build healthy communities.
She tweeted: “It’s time to end mass incarceration.
“This includes legalizing marijuana, sentencing reforms, and abolishing private prisons. With the addition of job training and education, these actions will reduce crime and help build healthy communities.”
In spite of that, that hasn’t stopped Rogan from taking aim at the Vice President and POTUS for not yet delivering on an election promise.
He continued: “How come you guys didn’t exonerate people that were in jail for marijuana when you said you were going to?
“They said that they were going to make marijuana federally legal. They said they were going to exonerate prisoners who are in jail for nonviolent drug offences. That’s what they said. None of that has happened.”
Griner’s lawyers have filed an appeal against the nine-year jail sentence.
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