Joe Henderson: Yes, Joe Rogan should have apologized and so should Ron DeSantis

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The Governor is wrong when he said the popular podcaster shouldn't have apologized for using racial slurs.

Remember these words from Gov. Ron DeSantis after winning the 2018 election by 32,463 votes out of the 8.2 million cast?

“We were elected to serve all Floridians, and that is a charge we will keep,” he wrote in the Tallahassee Democrat. “Following a very competitive election, I know there are political divides in our state, but the election is over, and it is time for our state to come together.”

I wonder what happened to that guy?

All Floridians? Come together?

What a joke.

I bring this up because of what our feisty (that’s one word for it) Governor said recently on Fox News. The topic was the apology by podcaster Joe Rogan over his repeated use of the N-word on his shows.

“No, he shouldn’t have apologized,” DeSantis said. “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.”

Yes, he should have apologized, and so should the Governor.

Criticizing someone for using “that” word isn’t woke, politically correct, or any of the other clichés DeSantis loves to invoke. It’s about common decency. It’s never OK to use that word, especially on a popular show like Rogan’s.

My goodness.

What’s worse, though, is that I believe this wasn’t a slip of the tongue by the Governor. I believe he made a political calculation that those who think only snowflakes get upset by words will see swagger in DeSantis’ swill.

He believes — probably with justification — those people are more likely to vote than those who find him offensive and divisive.

Yes, Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried and Annette Taddeo may believe this will send minorities stampeding to polls to vote against DeSantis. I imagine they will bring this up once or twice or a thousand times between now and the August Primary Election.

There’s a pattern when you add voting restrictions aimed at minorities, the imaginary critical race theory boogeyman and the anti-riot bill. It’s the opposite of DeSantis’ promise to “serve all Floridians.”

But they’re fighting an uphill battle against DeSantis’ bulging campaign bank account. Crist, who leads in most polls for the Democratic nomination, entered January with $3.8 million in cash while the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee has $77.8 million in cash on hand.

That uphill battle includes DeSantis’ boast that Florida is the freest state in the union. I suppose he lumps in defiance in the face of a horrible slur with the freedom to trample on decency and respect.

Hey, the polls say that message seems to resonate with the Governor’s supporters.

All I know is that DeSantis promised he would be the Governor for all Floridians.

How’s that working out?

Joe Henderson

I have a 45-year career in newspapers, including nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. Florida is wacky, wonderful, unpredictable and a national force. It's a treat to have a front-row seat for it all.


  • ScienceBLVR

    February 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    The very same point I make in almost all of posts.DeSantis never tackles the issues that affect Floridians, instead choosing to focus on imaginary problems like CRT, books that some people don’t like, non existent voter fraud, Covid, what Covid, and the hits just keep coming

  • Mark Klobedanz

    February 14, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Joe Henderson your just another DeSantis hater!!! Governor DeSantis told Joe Rogan not to apologize about his interview with the Scientist responsible for creating the MRNA Vaccine and how he and his doctor handled Covid when he came down with it and basically using freedom of speech (you know 1st Amendment that you Crats don’t believe in). Don’t spin this like he said don’t apologize for Joe Rogan using the N-word!! Don’t worry Governor DeSantis is gonna win reelection by a lot more than votes this time and then he’s gonna move on to win the White House cause you Democrats are destroying America and the American people are sick of it!!!!

    • Orlando

      February 14, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      Inaccurate. Ron DeSantis said that Joe Rogan did not need to apologize for using the racial epithet. Henderson’s facts are correct.

  • Impeach Biden

    February 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Joe Henderson are you auditioning for the Sun-Sentinel? Your anti DeSantis article fits right in with their editorial staff narrative.

  • Yoda

    February 15, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Journalism this is not. Ashamed you should be, Florida Politics.

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