Friday 30 October 2020

Rogan offers platform to debate: Why Trump is sport while Biden would wriggle out

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Mixed martial arts commentator and podcast superstar Joe Rogan has offered to moderate a presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden – and the US President is on board with the idea.

Rogan spoke about the presidential race during a conversation with retired UFC fighter Tim Kennedy on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

It was Kennedy who brought up the idea of Rogan hosting a debate.

“Would you do a debate?” he asked.

“(Would) you be the control mechanism to the candidates? Like, a Biden-Trump debate with Joe Rogan hosting. Your questions.”

“I would want that,” Rogan said. “First of all, I’d want no one else in the room. Just the three of us. And you would have to stream it live so no one can edit it, and I would want them in there for hours.

“If they wanted to do that, they both wanted to come here in Austin, sit down and have a debate, I would 100% do it.”

Trump accepts offer from Joe Rogan

Trump took to Twitter and responded to former UFC fighter in Tim Kennedy. The former 185-pound contender appeared on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and called upon the president to make an appearance. Chiefly, Kennedy suggested that Trump engage in a debate with opposing candidate Joe Biden with Rogan acting as a mediator.

Trump seemingly had no qualms about the suggestion and enthusiastically agreed. His response to appear alongside Biden and Rogan has caught some significant traction on social media. Moreover, Trump’s spirited response is very much in line with his personality and overall approach.

The Joe Rogan Experience

The veteran UFC broadcaster in Joe Rogan has played host to several high profile guests throughout his podcasting career. Rogan is no stranger to the world outside of MMA as his famed podcast delves into a wide spectrum of topics. Not to mention his profile is as large as ever given his recent $ 100 million deal with Spotify streaming services.

Kennedy has made several appearances on Joe Rogan’s platform and touched on a variety of subjects. The aforementioned individuals got into a spirited discussion about the upcoming elections, how to combat insurgencies, and Joe Rogan’s birthday party. What’s more, Kennedy is an active Green Beret and Sniper in the Special Forces with Patriotism being his main mantra. Moreover, Tim Kennedy is an extremely vocal speaker on all things related to American life and politics, serving as an appropriate guest for 9/11.

The platform that Joe Rogan provides brings in a new layer of awareness to the general audience at large. Moreover, this diversity in content helped him become the largest mainstream podcast in the world. He continues to use his voice in tandem with other personalities to educate and provide insight into the relevant matters.

Fans of the “Joe Rogan Experience” would certainly be interested to see the President Donald Trump and Joe Biden square off in a debate. As the election season approaches, both parties will begin their patented forms of campaigning. Donald Trump left no doubt that he will be willing to throw his hat in the metaphorical ring and appear alongside Rogan.

Why Biden is biding away time

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden hasn’t responded to the offer from Rogan yet. Observers say, given Trump’s temperament and bulldozing capability, the ageing Democrat does not stand a chance on the platform of a former jostler.

Here are some examples of what American media calls Biden’s “flubbed speeches”. This is how the Democrat generally speaks on public platforms. “People are being killed in western, in eastern Afghan — excuse me, in eastern, uh, Ukraine,” he said during an interaction in 2019.

“I would eliminate the capital gains tax — I would raise the capital gains tax” he said in a debate last year during the primaries.

A student of history, Biden said once that Franklin D Roosevelt had to talk about the stock market crash of 1929 on television as president whereas Roosevelt’s term began on 4 March 1933 and ended on 12 April 1945.

In 2008, Biden had introduced Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”.

Biden cut a sorry face, saying that Black voters “ain’t Black” if they intended to vote for President Trump.

The subconsciously racist Biden had said in 2006 in 2006, “You cannot go into a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.”

“He does not do well speaking where he isn’t giving a speech,” said Chris Henning, the Democratic chair in Greene County, Iowa, who caucused for Biden when he ran for president in 2008. “He’s not good in debates and he comes across like he’s stumbling around, trying to figure out what he’s going to say.”

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