Key Words: Joe Rogan: ‘If Michelle Obama runs [against Trump], she wins’
“‘I really believe if Michelle Obama runs, she wins.’”
Popular podcaster Joe Rogan has tongues wagging again.
The former UFC commentator and host of “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Spotify SPOT, +0.48% has gone viral for speculating that former first lady Michelle Obama would beat Donald Trump in 2024 if President Joe Biden didn’t run for re-election.
“I really believe if Michelle Obama runs, she wins,” Rogan said during his Christmas Eve episode. “She’s great, she’s intelligent, she’s articulate, she’s the wife of the best president that we have had in our lifetime in terms of, like, a representative of intelligent, articulate people.”
He also said that a ticket with Obama and Kamala Harris as vice president would provide “a double dose of diversity.”
Rogan added that “the only thing that would stop her is if she bought into some of these policies that are destroying businesses in America that are making people scared. If she somehow or another supported or showed any support for lockdowns and mandates and all this craziness that’s going on.”
The controversial podcaster and stand-up comic has made a career — including his reported $100 million deal with Spotify — over speaking frankly and pushing people’s buttons. During the pandemic, for example, he’s received backlash for downplaying the need for young people to get vaccinated against COVID, and for condemning social distancing measures such as shutdowns to curb the spread of the virus. He tested positive for COVID earlier this year.
As for the Republican ticket, Rogan mused that former president Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would “make a super team” if they ran together. “That’s the only way they win,” Rogan said.
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This clip led “Michelle Obama” and “Rogan” to trend on Twitter TWTR, -1.57% on Wednesday morning as Obama supporters praised the endorsement — and some of Rogan’s conservative fans expressed their disappointment in the pick.
It should be noted that the former first lady has not indicated any plans that she intends to run for office; quite the opposite, in fact. Obama told People earlier this year that “I’m moving toward retirement right now, [selectively] picking projects.” She added that she and former President Barack Obama are “building the foundation for somebody else to continue the work, so we can retire and be with each other.”
And former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett also told The Hill last year that the former first lady will never run for office. “The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett said. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”
What’s more, President Biden told ABC last week that he intends to run for re-election — and the possibility of facing off against Trump again would “increase the prospect” even more. “Yes … if I’m in the health I’m in now — from a good health. And, in fact, I would run again,” Biden said.
But were he to bow out, the Democrats being floated to lead the presidential ticket in 2024 include Vice President Harris, as well as fellow former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, now serving as Biden’s Secretary of Transportation, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.