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Why a Joe Rogan Endorsement Could Help (or Backfire on) Bernie Sanders

“Rogan’s transphobia harm a community whose rights are actively under attack right now,” added Alexis Goldstein, a writer, organizer and co-host of the “Humorless Queers” podcast. “This isn’t good for a Dem candidate to boost with an official campaign video.”

Late Friday, the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, released a statement praising Mr. Sanders’s support for “the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. people” but condemning what it said was Mr. Rogan’s “vicious rhetoric” that “has dehumanized transgender people.”

“Given Rogan’s comments, it is disappointing that the Sanders campaign has accepted and promoted the endorsement,” Alphonso David, the organization’s president, said in the statement. “The Sanders campaign must reconsider this endorsement and the decision to publicize the views of someone who has consistently attacked and dehumanized marginalized people.”

In its own statement, the Sanders campaign said its goal was “to build a multiracial, multigenerational movement that is large enough to defeat Donald Trump and the powerful special interests whose greed and corruption is the root cause of the outrageous inequality in America.”

“Sharing a big tent requires including those who do not share every one of our beliefs, while always making clear that we will never compromise our values,” Briahna Joy Gray, a spokeswoman for the campaign, said in the statement. “The truth is that by standing together in solidarity, we share the values of love and respect that will move us in the direction of a more humane, more equal world.”

Earlier this month, Ms. Gray sent and then deleted a tweet expressing her views about Mr. Rogan: “Listening to Joe Rogan and it’s better political analysis than most stuff I hear on the MSM,” she said, in an apparent reference to the mainstream media.

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