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The Daily BeastJan 24, 2020
Bernie Sanders' Embrace of Joe Rogan's Endorsement Sparks Backlash—and a Backlash to the Backlash
Sean Rayford/Rob Kim/GettyBernie Sanders' embrace of an endorsement by Joe Rogan drew instant criticism from some corners of the transgender community because of the podcast host's use of gay slurs and position on trans issues.

Like many Twitter-centric controversies, the debate quickly blew up and then became circular, with Bernie foes jumping on the bandwagon—and other Democrats fuming that the uproar was another example of left-wing self-sabotage.

It began when the Vermont senator's campaign tweeted out a video clip Thursday of Rogan saying he will "probably vote for Bernie." The endorsement of a wildly popular public figure—Rogan's podcast is the second-most downloaded on iTunes, and his YouTube channel has more than 7 million subscribers—would usually be cause for celebration.

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