Podcast host Joe Rogan ripped the idea of so-called vaccine passports on Friday, saying implementing such a system would bring the U.S. “one step closer” to a dictatorship.

During an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan suggested that people who applaud vaccine passports don’t understand “the history of every single country that’s ever existed other than the United States,” adding the U.S. was the first “experiment in self-government that actually worked.”

“When you give people freedom, you let people do whatever the f— they want to do, they actually find ways to succeed and grow and thrive,” Rogan continued.

“But as soon as you put the boots to them, as soon as you tell them, ‘You have to do this, or you can’t do that. You have to listen to me,’ now you have a mini dictator. You have one step away from a king. One step closer. You’re moving one step closer to dictatorship. That’s what the f— is happening,” he added.

“That’s what’s gonna happen with a vaccine passport. That’s what gonna happen if they close borders,” he said.

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