Comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan wants Dr. Peter Hotez, dean at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, to debate 2024 Democratic candidate RFK Jr. about vaccine efficacy and safety in exchange for a $100,000 donation to charity.
Vax skeptic RFK Jr. went viral for recent comments made on The Joe Rogan Experience.
From The Daily Wire:
On Saturday, Hotez tweeted a link to a Vice article, “Spotify Has Stopped Even Sort of Trying to Stem Joe Rogan’s Vaccine Misinformation,” tagging the author and saying the report was “really true” and “just awful.”
He added: “And from all the online attacks I’m receiving after this absurd podcast, it’s clear many actually believe this nonsense.”
Rogan replied from his verified Twitter account. “Peter, if you claim what RFKjr is saying is ‘misinformation’ I am offering you $100,000.00 to the charity of your choice if you’re willing to debate him on my show with no time limit,” Rogan said.
“Peter. Let’s finally have the respectful, congenial, informative debate that the American people deserve,” Kennedy said in a reply.
In a quote tweet response to Rogan, Hotez said, “Joe, you have my cell, my email, I’m always willing to speak with you.”
Hotez later added “I’m open to a number of different options, but to be pressured to give you an answer on Twitter, now, with a ‘take it or leave it’ demand that’s not how I work. Honestly, I don’t even think that would be in your best interests. I’m happy to come on and have a meaningful discussion. I respect you and your show and I don’t want an adversarial relationship. I think we can make some progress.”
The debate attracted so much attention, Twitter CEO Elon Musk weighed in, claiming Hotez is “afraid of a public debate because he knows he’s wrong.”
“Seriously Elon? This is monstrous. 200,000 Americans needlessly perished (including 40,000 Texans, our neighbors) because they were victims of antivaccine disinformation during our awful Covid delta/BA.1 waves in 2021-22. Please don’t do this…” he said in response to Musk.
Hotez has still not agreed to debate RFK Jr.
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