Joe Rogan Accused Of Antisemitism While Defending Ilhan Omar In Cringey Podcast Clip
Joe Rogan was accused of repeating an antisemitic trope when he said that Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar should not have apologized for making controversial comments about Jewish people.
Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress and is an outspoken critic of Israel and the Jewish lobby.
She was recently booted from the Foreign Affairs Committee for repeatedly pushing antisemitic tropes on social media.
The Minnesota Representative has since apologized "unequivocally" for her widely-condemned statements.
Omar wrote, in part:
"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes."
Rogan, who is a UFC commentator and hosts the Joe Rogan Experience, told Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from the Breaking Points podcast that it was "ridiculous" that Omar had been accused of antisemitism and was forced to make an apologetic statement.
The podcast host then referred to Omar's 2019 "all about the Benjamins" tweet that caused controversy.
Her tweet at the time suggested that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other Jewish donors were buying political support to back Israel which infuriated both Democrats and Republicans.
In an episode posted Saturday on Spotify, Rogan came to Omar's defense by invoking a term that is considered a Jewish trope.
“It’s just about money—she’s just talking about money."
When Ball mentioned that Omar "shouldn't have apologized" for her past comments, Rogan agreed, adding:
“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'king stupid.”
His reasoning sparked outrage.
\u201cJoe Rogan said: \u201cthe idea that Jews are not into money is ridiculous. That\u2019s like saying Italians aren\u2019t into pizza.\u201d\n\nNewsflash: The notion that interest in money is uniquely Jewish is Antisemitic garbage that should never be fed to an audience of millions.\u201d— Ritchie Torres (@Ritchie Torres) 1675811965
\u201cJEWS OF THE WORLD UNITE: We\u2019re facing a crisis. This has nothing to do with Israel. Antisemitism is being normalized & is spreading like wildfire. The latest salvo was fired by Joe Rogan in support of Ilhan Omar, telling his 11 million podcast listeners that \u201cJews are into money\u201d\u201d— Dr. Lenny K (@Dr. Lenny K) 1675798430
\u201cJoe Rogan said that Jews are \u201cinto money\u201d like Italians are \u201cinto pizza\u201d...\n\nAll while his guest defended Ilhan Omar.\n\n2023\u2019s bingo card is wild.\n\nFollow Off Limits on YouTube (https://t.co/uMVYmPGG7E) and Instagram (https://t.co/wjCCXHCkB3)\u201d— Ian Haworth (@Ian Haworth) 1675793729
\u201cJoe Rogan, defends Ilhan Omar: "The idea that Jewish people are not into money is ridiculous\u2019 That\u2019s like saying Italians aren\u2019t into pizza." \nI know more Jews who are into Pizza, than into money. \nThat makes us Italian? Nah, it makes both you and her- d*mb bigots.\u201d— Andrei Schwartz (@Andrei Schwartz) 1675872538
\u201cJoe Rogan telling his audience of tens of millions that Jews are into money in the same way Italians are into pizza actually is a bigger deal than you think.\u201d— Blake Flayton (@Blake Flayton) 1675811560
\u201cThis statement by Joe Rogan is blatantly and disgustingly antisemitic. It plays on one of the oldest, ugliest, and most dangerous antisemitic tropes. This is indefensible.\u201d— Marc Lamont Hill (@Marc Lamont Hill) 1675815857
\u201cDear @joerogan\n\nThe \u201cJews are into money\u201d thing is a generation-spanning smear used as the basis to discriminate against Jews the world over. Everyone is into money. But we have been accused of secretly hoarding $ to control everything.\u201d— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1675780332
The known anti-vaxxer compared vaccine mandates and the Holocaust and questioned the controversy surrounding basketball star Kyrie Irving sharing a link to an antisemitic documentary that was available on Amazon.
He also defended Ye after the rapper made multiple antisemitic statements.
In spite of Omar's public apology called for by House Democratic leaders, Republicans voted to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her controversial comments.