Joe Rogan in some hot water after defending Illhan Omar over “Anti-Semitic” comments. Overblown or justified?
“Omar suggested on Twitter in 2019 that politicians’ support of Israel was motivated by money. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar wrote. Critics interpreted her comment as a recycling of the trope that Jewish people control politics through money. She later apologized. (The GOP recently booted Omar off the foreign affairs committee, citing her past comments about Israel.)
“She’s talking about money,” Rogan said earlier this month. “That’s not an antisemitic statement, 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 fucking stupid.” Rogan laughed, with Ball agreeing that Omar shouldn’t have apologized.”