Nayib Bukele Attacks the US for its Free Speech Hypocrisy
When Spotify and Joe Rogan butted heads over the latter’s episodes expressing skepticism towards the Wuhan virus vaccines, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele came to Joe Rogan’s defense on February 2, 2022.
Bukele sarcastically tweeted, “FrEeDoM oF tHe PrEsS iS uNdEr AtTaCk In El SaLvAdOr” in response to a tweet covering the White House’s call on Spotify to crack down against Rogan’s allegedly dangerous content.
El Salvador under Bukele’s leadership has gained notoriety for passing legislation that established Bitcoin as a legal tender, making it the first country to make such a move.
In recent decades, El Salvador has been dollarized, where it has used the U.S. dollar as it’s legal currency.
Rogan has been facing significant criticism following calls on Spotify to take down his podcast from the platform. Per a report by Sportskeeda, the UFC commentator and famous podcaster apologized to Spotify and promised to provide more balanced coverage of controversial events.
Rogan’s recent podcast episodes with Dr. Peter McCullough and Dr. Robert Malone provoked the absurd levels of criticism levied towards the podcast host and UFC commentator. Since this outrage kicked off, Spotify announced that it will add a content advisory to all podcast episodes that talk about the pandemic.
During a press briefing on February 1, 2022, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that she wants every platform to be doing more to take on “misinformation” and “disinformation” and promote more “accurate” information instead.
In recent months, Bukele has emerged as a new populist star on the world stage. From his support for Bitcoin to his confrontations with the Biden Administration, Bukele is not afraid to rock the boat.
Succeeding populist administrations should make it a point to bolster ties with El Salvador, especially under Bukele’s watch. The Salvadoran president could prove to be an ally in the fight against globalism.