With harsh political divides continuing to develop across the nation, some Republican elected officials are promoting talk of a "national divorce" of red states from the Union.
Far-right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia conducted a Twitter poll regarding the validity of the idea, and discussed it with white nationalist podcast host and former Trump official Steve Bannon.
And on Monday, right-wing Senator Ted Cruz of Texas commented on the idea that the Lone Star State should secede from the Union, preemptively endorsing a president of the state: podcast host Joe Rogan.
Cruz emphasized that he didn't support Texas secession, though he understood the sentiment.
When asked if Texas would "take" Joe Rogan, Cruz responded:
"Joe Rogan? He might be president of Texas!"
With his immensely popular podcast, Joe Rogan has repeatedly platformed controversial individuals and has repeatedly spread disinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that's killed over 750 thousand Americans. Most recently, Rogan made headlines after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed he'd consulted Rogan before deciding not to get vaccinated.
Rogan has said that young people could avoid vaccination, citing their lessened vulnerability to dying from the virus, but ignoring their likelihood of spreading it to more vulnerable Americans. He's also endorsed ivermectin as a treatment for COVID, despite no evidence that it's effective in treating the virus.
Given politicians like Ted Cruz's constant disinformation and dismissal of the pandemic, the party has embraced Rogan as a symbol of individuality and resistance.
People soon began roasting Cruz and his "stupid" comments.
Others noted how reliant Texas is on the federal government.
It's unclear if Cruz realizes he wouldn't be a Senator if Texas seceded.