Joe Rogan faced backlash on social media after he said Jews are “into money” during a discussion on a recent episode of his podcast.
Rogan, who was joined by Breaking Points podcasters Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on The Joe Rogan Experience, touched on Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement of Representative Adam Schiff for California Senate.
“It’s crazy,” said Rogan. “Did you see him sitting next to Ilhan Omar, where she’s apologizing for talking about it’s all about the Benjamins? Which is just about money. She’s talking about money. That’s not an antisemitic comment, I don’t think that is. Benjamins are money.”
“The idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous. That’s like saying Italians aren’t into pizza. It’s f stupid,” Rogan said.
While discussing Omar, Rogan said: “Whether you agree with her or not, she has a bold opinion, and that opinion is not her own. There’s many people that have that opinion, and they should be represented.
“My point is, she’s sitting right next to Adam Schiff and no one says s***,” he said.
Meanwhile, U.S.-born British comedian and anti-Trumper, David Baddiel blasted Rogan for peddling a “racist myth.”
Baddiel tweeted with a snippet of the podcast:
“I actually want to stop banging the Jews Don’t Count drum at some point but hard to do when a racist myth about Jews is just…said, breezily, on one of the biggest podcasts in the world and no-one gives a f***.”
“For the hard of understanding, ‘Jews are into money’ is not like ‘Italians are into pizza. Because unless my history lessons really missed something out, no-one has exterminated a large section of the entire Italian community because of their love for pepperoni.”
“This is what Joe is saying, with a big grin,” Baddiel added as he shared an illustration from the antisemitic Nazi propaganda children’s book Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom/Toadstool).
One part of the 1938 German book reads: “Money is the god of the Jews. He commits the greatest crimes to earn money. He won’t rest until he can sit on a great sack of money, until he has become king of money.”
Baddiel concluded his thread, saying, “Also, Joe Rogan has a 200 Million dollar deal with Spotify. And yet apparently, it’s Jews who are into money.”
Omar was recently booted from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her past antisemitic comments about Israel.
But Democrats and Omar claimed it was revenge after two Republicans were ousted from committees in 2020 when Democrats held a House majority, the BBC reported.
Omar also suggested she was being removed because she is a Muslim woman who immigrated to the US as a refugee.
“Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy?” she said shortly before the vote.
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I don’t see the big deal, it’s not like he lied.