The discussion was part of a broader conversation about the decision by LA County officials to extend stay-at-home orders through July. Other counties in California are cleared to reopen, though Rogan isn’t considering a same-state relocation. He said,
“If California continues to be this restrictive, I don’t know if this is a good place to live. First of all, it’s extremely expensive — the taxes are ridiculous. If they really say we can’t do stand-up until 2022 or something, I might jet. I’m not kidding. I don’t need to be here.”
Afterwards, Rogan called MADtv alum Bryan Callen, who quickly advanced a conspiracy theory that stay-at-home orders were an effort by Democrats to steal elections through mail-in votes. There is no evidence that voting by mail favors one party or another, and just days ago Republican Mark Garcia won a California special election that was decided almost entirely by mail-in ballots.
The conversation was on firmer ground when Rogan observed that, “Texas is buck wild bro,” adding that when you attend comedy shows, “you can bring a gun.” But afterwards, Rogan complained about the Texas heat, and since the restrictions are through July and not “2022 or something,” the threat remains hypothetical for now.