In a recent discussion, Joe Rogan and comedian Tony Hinchcliffe tackled the troubling trend of political silencing and imprisonment in the United States. They highlighted the dangers of a partisan judicial system and the potential for abuse of power, drawing comparisons between past and present political actions.

Joe Rogan began by addressing the dangerous precedent being set by prosecuting political opponents. “If you have the backing of the political party, it doesn’t matter, like, especially the party that’s in charge,” Rogan said. “What’s scary is how many Democrats are willing to allow this kind of stuff to happen. But a lot of them are aware of it. There was this one lady that went viral and she was talking about it. She’s saying you have to understand, like, I’m not a Trump supporter. I don’t like Trump. But this is really dangerous for democracy. Nobody can justify this, and nobody could say this guy should be in jail for this. This doesn’t make any sense.”

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Rogan pointed out that previous administrations avoided prosecuting their predecessors for the sake of national unity. “I mean, there’s so many instances of things that you could go after. This was one of the things that Obama had said when Obama got into office. They were talking about George Bush and Cheney being charged with war crimes. And he was saying, we’re not going to look to the past. We’re gonna look towards the future,” Rogan explained. “Imagine if, when Obama got into office, he decided to prosecute Cheney and George Bush for crimes against humanity. Yeah, crazy. Oh, my God. Can you know how crazy that would be? Do you know how divided the country would be then?”

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Tony Hinchcliffe added that Trump could have pursued legal action against his political rivals but chose not to. “Trump didn’t even go for (it). He didn’t go for Obama. He didn’t go for Hillary, you know. And he could have, he could have tried them for things,” Hinchcliffe said.

“Yeah, well, especially Hillary, yeah, especially with the whole email thing, the deleting of the emails,” Rogan agreed.

Hinchcliffe highlighted the hypocrisy in the media’s portrayal of Trump. “And supposedly, Trump’s the crazy one. Trump’s the loose cannon.”

Rogan emphasized that the issue is not limited to one side of the political spectrum. “They’re all crazy. That’s what they don’t want you to know. It’s like they are always talking bad about other girls. It’s a thing that people do. And people form teams, and they justify why they should use any means necessary to silence the other people on the other team, the opposition, and they don’t even realize they’re setting a precedent.”

Rogan warned of the long-term consequences of this precedent. “And when this gets in office, or another gets an office that’s a Republican, you’ve got real problems now, kids. If the elections are real, that’s how it usually goes. Usually, one side wins and says, ‘this sucks, let’s try the other way.’ The other guy wins and it’s like, ‘huh? This is—let’s try the other way.’ This is what we’ve done in this country over and over again. You Know? We go Clinton to Bush, Bush to Obama. It’s what we do. We always do it this way.”

He concluded by comparing the situation to third-world countries. “If you change the way people are allowed to go after political candidates, and you change the way you’re allowed to silence and imprison your candidates, then we’re like Mexico. We’re just not assassinating people yet. You know, we’re like a third-world country. We’re like a banana republic.”

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