Ron DeSantis says Joe Rogan owes no apologies amid N-word scandal

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'The mob will come after people.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis says podcast host Joe Rogan shouldn’t apologize for his past comments. The defense comes as the controversial pundit has apologized for racially insensitive comments that included him using the N-word.

“No, he shouldn’t have apologized,” the Florida Governor told Fox News. “I mean, you see what happens? The mob will come after people, and they’re targeting Rogan because he’s threatening to upset the apple cart on some of the things that they’re holding dear.”

Singer India Arie drew attention to Rogan’s prior remarks while demanding the streaming service pull her catalog of music if it continues to carry his podcast.

DeSantis’ opinion on Rogan is notably more forgiving than Rogan himself. On his Spotify podcast, Rogan, while calling distributed videos of his past remarks a “political hit job,” still publicly apologized for the past statements.

“That video had always been out there. … They’re taking all this stuff that I’ve ever said that’s wrong and smushing it all together,” Rogan said. “It’s good because it makes me address some s— that I really wish wasn’t out there.”

He also called use of the racial slur “the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”

“You should apologize if you regret something,” he said. “I do think you have to be careful not to apologize for nonsense.”

DeSantis disagreed.

He also defended Rogan on another front putting the show host in headlines, the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.

“With COVID, he’s just bringing opposing views. He’s letting people decide,” DeSantis said. “They say he’s against [the COVID-19 vaccine]. I do not listen to his show, but then I read he specifically advocated for people with comorbidities and elderly to get vaccinated.”

DeSantis has recently come under fire for appointing a Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo, who refused to say in Senate confirmation hearings whether vaccines were effective.

DeSantis during his 2018 campaign for Governor resisted calls to apologize after saying “the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up” in reference to electing his opponent, Andrew Gillum, a Black man.

He also quickly accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Mike Ertel after blackface photos surfaced shortly after the Governor’s election.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • politics

    February 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    so no sorry when someone drives by

  • Tjb

    February 11, 2022 at 10:24 am

    I still remember DeSantis’s attack ads on Gillum when he was running for governor. The Gillum’s picture was photoshopped to make Gillum look darker. Was this a dog whistle to some of his base?

  • Ermo Santoli

    February 14, 2022 at 7:28 am

    DeSantis is correct, sorry not sorry.

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