Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has back tracked on his tweet defending Joe Rogan, where he alleged Rogan isn’t racist because he works with Black people. “I don’t think Joe Rogan is a racist — the man interacts with and works with black people literally all of the time,” Yang tweeted Sunday according to NBC News.
Yang, who did appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience in February 2019, said, “Do I know black friends of Joe’s who would swear by him? Yes I do.” Yang’s comments came after Rogan, who has been the center of controversy regarding Covid-19 and vaccine misinformation on his podcast, issued a public apology for his past use of racial slurs.
In a five-minute video posted on Instagram he said, “I never used it to be racist.” He said though he used the N-word in the past, he hasn’t used it in years, calling his behavior “the most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”
Yang’s comments sparked quick backlash, including outrage from Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison, who tweeted, “Dude… seriously?! You joking right Andrew? Is that now the new defining line… working with folks?!”
Yang since deleted his original tweets and shared a new thread stating, “I think we should have the capacity to forgive people — whether a podcaster or a mayor — if they mess up. Maybe it’s because I mess up too.”