Calls for Joe Rogan to moderate Trump-Biden debate after Chris Wallace's lackluster performance grows
Wallace of Fox News was heavily criticized for not being able to control the first presidential debate - prompting several viewers to call for the podcaster to host future two debates
In the aftermath of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden that took place Tuesday night, moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News was heavily criticized for not being able to control the debate - prompting several viewers to call for podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan to host future debates. Wallace was lambasted by many on social media for presiding over a chaotic debate.
"Hellllo Chris Wallace??? Looking for a moderator here. Jesus Christ what a fricken mess," journalist Soledad O'Brien wrote.
"Chris Wallace has completely lost control of this debate," ex-GOP strategist Steve Schmidt declared.
Hellllo Chris Wallace??? Looking for a moderator here. Jesus Christ what a fricken mess.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) September 30, 2020
Chris Wallace has completely lost control of this debate.— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) September 30, 2020
This led to several calls for Rogan to moderate a debate between the Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger. "What happened to this idea that @joerogan ought to host a presidential debate?! Time to restart that conversation," pro-athlete Lance Armstrong tweeted.
"Joe Rogan should have run this debate #Debates2020," MMA fighter Tara LaRosa added.
“Regardless who you’re pulling for, I think we can all agree that Joe Rogan would do a much better job moderating this thing than Chris Wallace. #Debates2020,” Tyler Cardon, CEO of conservative Blaze Media, added.
"This is why we needed @joerogan to mediate this debate. Rogan would have thrown a kick by now," DJ 4B chimed in.
"Joe Rogan would have handled that debate much better than Chris Wallace!" gun rights advocate JT Lewis wrote.
What happened to this idea that @joerogan ought to host a presidential debate?! Time to restart that conversation.— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) September 30, 2020
Regardless who you’re pulling for, I think we can all agree that Joe Rogan would do a much better job moderating this thing than Chris Wallace. #Debates2020— Tyler Cardon (@TyCardon) September 30, 2020
This is why we needed @joerogan to mediate this debate. Rogan would have thrown a kick by now.— 4B (@DJ4B) September 30, 2020
Joe Rogan would have handled that debate much better than Chris Wallace!— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) September 30, 2020
The idea was originally discussed by Rogan on his widely popular podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience." "First of all, I want no one else in the room, just the three of us," he said on the episode with ex-MMA fighter Tim Kennedy. "And you'd 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 percent do it," he insisted.
In fact, Trump even responded to the suggestion on Twitter, declaring: "I do!" after Kennedy tweeted about it and asked "who wants this?"
Around a year ago, a petition was started on Change.org calling for Rogan to moderate the highly anticipated debates. The campaign, which has revived in the last few weeks, asserted that Rogan "has revolutionized the way political interview and discussion works, as he has provided a long-form media format that has allowed the exchange of ideas to be fully explored."
Of course, there are doubts surrounding Rogan's impartiality, considering he preivously poked fun at Biden by comparing him to "having a flashlight with a dying battery and going for a long hike in the woods" and saying Trump "would eat that guy alive." And while Rogan originally endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president, he said he would "rather vote for Trump than Biden" after Sanders lost the Democratic primaries.
The podcast host, however, responded to calls for him to anchor a presidential debate last night. “You don’t need me to handle this ‘debate,’ you need @johnmccarthymma,” Rogan wrote on Instagram, referring to Big John McCarthy, an MMA fighter and referee-turned-broadcaster.
But McCarthy also turned down the potential political gig.
“Watching old men who really can’t fight……. Fight??? Oh that would be ugly,” he wrote on Twitter.
Watching old men who really can’t fight....... Fight??? Oh that would be ugly https://t.co/e3EERgMnG9— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) September 30, 2020