Joe Rogan says he will back Ron DeSantis for president in 2024 because of Florida achievements

Joe Rogan has voiced his support for Florida governor Ron DeSantis when discussing the 2024 presidential election. 

Speaking to actress Gina Carano on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan said he feels DeSantis ‘would work as a good president.’

The podcaster praised the Florida governor for his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his willingness to stand up for American freedoms.

DeSantis, a Harvard graduate, has been lauded by many Americans for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. He made the decision to bring Florida out of the lockdown more quickly than other states. 

Rogan’s support for DeSantis marks a dramatic turnaround from three years ago, when he backed Bernie Sanders bid for president.

While DeSantis hasn’t formally announced he will run in the election, he has won straw polls and is viewed generally favorably by Republican voters.

U.S. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February

DeSantis, who has yet to formally announce he is running for president, attended an event with First Lady Jill Biden

DeSantis, who has yet to formally announce he is running for president, attended an event with First Lady Jill Biden 

‘I feel like what he did for Florida, a lot of people gave him a lot of grief, but ultimately he was correct,’ Rogan said.

‘He was correct when it comes to like deaths, he was correct. And when it comes to protecting all vulnerable populations, he was correct in terms of distribution of monoclonal antibodies.’

He said he feels that what DeSantis has done for Florida has been ‘admirable.’ ‘You know, he is not perfect. He’s a human being, but what he’s done is stand up for freedoms,’ he said on the podcast.

Rogan also voiced his disapproval of President Joe Biden, saying ‘So all this stuff is happening while we have a dead man as a president. You know, it’s just not fun.’

‘It seemed like the narrative was no one could talk about individual rights. It’s all about lockdown. You can’t have an open state. You can’t have kids in school. You can’t do all that,’ DeSantis said in February. ‘We viewed it the opposite. The default needs to be freedom.’

While DeSantis received significant backlash for his decisions, Florida had an average number of deaths from the virus comparable to numbers from states like New York, that implemented strict lockdown measures. 

According to DeSantis, the decision reignited Florida’s economy, which is highly dependent on tourism. 

DeSantis also introduced the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which has been praised by many Republican supporters and politicians. 

The bill states ‘Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.’

DeSantis defended Rogan when a video that compiled all of the times Rogan said the N-word went viral. Rogan, who is white, has since apologized.

‘Do not apologize. Do not kow to the mob,’ said DeSantis in a February interview with Fox News.

‘Stand up and tell them to pound sand; if you do that, there’s really nothing that they’re able to do to you,’ said DeSantis.

Rogan joins a growing list of celebrities who have voiced their support of DeSantis, including billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. 

Earlier this month, Musk stated on Twitter that he’s leaning towards supporting DeSantis in the election. When asked about Andrew Yang, Musk said ‘I voted for Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning.’

DeSantis has also praised Musk’s efforts to buy Twitter, saying ‘What Musk is trying to do is basically liberate (Twitter) from being an agent of censorship into making it an actual open platform like it’s advertised.’

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