All this has come to the forefront after Democratic candidate for president Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., appeared on podcast king Joe Rogan’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. That appearance led to calls from a number of people for Hotez to debate Kennedy on the topic. Hotez has interacted with Rogan before, but this time he is refusing to engage. The doctor blasted Rogan for the interview with Kennedy and insisted that Spotify is allowing Rogan to violate its rules against “misinformation.” For his part, Rogan bristled at Hotez’s attack and challenged the doctor to a debate with Kennedy and offered a $100,000 charitable donation to sweeten the pot. That brought Twitter owner Elon Musk to chat up the proposed debate. Musk, who has been skeptical of the government response to COVID as well as the efficacy of the vaccines, jumped into the mix and said, “He’s afraid of a public debate, because he knows he’s wrong.” Soon enough, many people began offering to up the charity pot by committing to donations if Hotez were to join the debate. The donations quickly surpassed $1.5 million.
NEW – Dr. Robert Malone highlights Dr. Peter Hotez’s role in funding coronavirus gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, his ties to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and his advocacy for censoring opposing scientific views.@RWMaloneMD @JoeRogan pic.twitter.com/FYsyois2Zh— KanekoaTheGreat (@KanekoaTheGreat) June 19, 2023
Dr. Hotez, though, is still refusing to debate Kennedy. It seems to be a painful admission that he intends to slink off like a coward who refuses to stand up for his purported facts and common sense on the whole issue. After all, with the huge amount of money offered — that represents a 1,500 percent increase over the initial pot of cash — it seems absurd that he won’t rise to the challenge to benefit his favorite charity.
6/18 9am EST UPDATE💰 The Peter Hotez vs. RFK Jr Charity Debate Pot Is Now Over $1.52 MILLION!! Here is the Leaderboard: 1) $500k – @Cobratate 2) $250k – @realnickmugalli 3) $150k – @billackman 4) $100k – @joerogan 5) $100k – @patrickbetdavid 6) $100k – @stkirsch 7) $100k -… — Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) June 18, 2023
pic.twitter.com/tYHlG2bZr2 — The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 19, 2023Regardless of the metrics, Hotez is refusing this debate claiming that “science doesn’t do debates.” “In science, we don’t typically do debates. What we do is we write scientific papers … one doesn’t typically debate science. Maybe the one-off discussion of evolution versus creationism & that sort of thing, but that’s not what we do in science,” Hotez told MSBC, per Mediaite. “I’ve been on a couple of times and have that discussion with it, but not to turn it into the ‘Jerry Springer Show’ with having RFK Jr. on,” Hotez exclaimed. It all smacks of fear, not propriety. It seems more likely that Hotez fears being unable to face the hard questions. He may be perfectly prepared to accept softball interviews on MSNBC, but perhaps he is unable to face someone who is skeptical of his claims? This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.