Appearing on Bill Maher’s podcast, “Club Random,” back in September, NFL superstar and California native Aaron Rodgers blew up on California Governor Gavin Newsom, saying that under his watch the “State’s going to s*** but I’m hanging on.”
Rodgers was particularly upset about the business closures that have ravaged California thanks to the Covid lockdowns, saying “I grew up in a small town, very little cases up in Chico, California, but all the small businesses? F***ing gone.”
The Daily Mail, discussing Rodgers’ comments and what orders caused the business lockdowns, reported that:
Business capacity limits and other restrictions were in place from March 2020 until June 2021.
The decisions crippled businesses across California with 40,000 estimated to have collapsed – the highest figure in any state across the nation.
And it wasn’t just business closures and the general decline of California that Rodgers sounded off about. He also brought up vaccines and the hypocrisy present generally as people fight over everything from the vaccines to abortion, telling Maher:
“I think there’s a lot of people that believe that you should have your own decision-making on your own medical decisions.
“My thing is I have an issue with the hypocrisy in society in general and I know you do as well, but abortion has been a hot topic, right? And especially after Roe v. Wade got overturned and sent back to the states, or whatever. I don’t believe the government should have any control over what we do with our bodies.
“As much as I might lean more pro-life, I don’t want the government to tell me I can’t smoke a cigar, I can’t have a drink of alcohol, I can’t choose my own medical decisions. And if I’m a woman, don’t f***ing tell me what to do. Like whether or not I agree with what you decide to do, who cares? And the government should not have a decision that infringes upon my own personal freedoms.”
Rodgers has famously refused to take the Covid vaccine despite pressure from the NFL and commentators, insisting that while he’s not an anti-vaxxer or ideologically opposed to vaccines, he doesn’t think it’s right for him and has firmly decided not to take it. That has led to praise for him from the right and anger directed his way from the left.
Rodgers refused to get drawn into choosing a political side during the interview, saying “I’m a rational thinker. I’m not on one side or the other.” Maher, however, turned it into an opportunity to attack Trump for not keeping quiet and going away after the disputed and contentious 2020 election, saying:
“You take it like a man,’ Maher said. ‘You don’t go we won that game. That’s what Donald Trump does. We won that game. You didn’t. You lost it. It happens. You lose sometimes. Be a f***ing man and just own up like every other president has ever done. Everybody else who ever lost an election was just man enough to say I f***ing lost, I’ll try next time.“