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Joe Rogan admits the story he told Tulsi Gabbard about "litter box in girls' bathroom" was a lie

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/3/2022 Ronny Reyes For Dailymail.Com

Joe Rogan said the story he shared last month about a school allowing a 'furry' student to use a litter box in the girl's bathroom was unfounded. 

Last month, the Spotify podcaster told former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard that his friend's wife was a teacher at 'a school that had to install a litter box in the girls room because there is a girl who's a furry.' 

Rogan has since walked back on his story, saying on Wednesday, 'I don't think they actually did it. I think there was discussions about doing it because there was one particularly wacky mother, but there is — it doesn't seem that there's any proof that they put a litter box in there.' 

Rogan statement comes a Republican Senate candidate Don Boluc, of New Hampshire,' doubled down on the debunked claim often used by conservatives in the culture war over gender identities and bathrooms in schools. 

Joe Rogan admitted on Wednesday (above) that the story he shared last month about a school installing litter boxes in the girls' bathroom was not true © Provided by Daily Mail Joe Rogan admitted on Wednesday (above) that the story he shared last month about a school installing litter boxes in the girls' bathroom was not true He initially made the claim on October 12 (above). The podcaster has since lamented spreading the unfounded rumors that have become a popular conservative talking point in the culture war over gender and school bathrooms © Provided by Daily Mail He initially made the claim on October 12 (above). The podcaster has since lamented spreading the unfounded rumors that have become a popular conservative talking point in the culture war over gender and school bathrooms

When interviewing author Michael Shermer on Wednesday's episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the writer spoke to Rogan about the bogus stories circulating about kitty litter in school. 

As Shermer pointed out that it was talking point to attack liberals, Rogan lamented that he too was swept up in the rumors. 

'I fed into that,' he said, noting that he went back to the source of his original story but could not verify that it was real. 

Fact checkers say the bogus claim is based on reports that some schools have stocked up on litter trays in case children are locked for hours inside classrooms during an active shooter event. 

Rogan added that he was inclined to believe the rumor because of what he saw when he stumbled upon a furry convention in Pittsburg while attending a UFC event 10 years ago. 

'So we check into the hotel... the front desk was saying how crazy it was that these folks were asking for their food to be delivered in bowls on the ground so they could eat it like animals,' Rogan recalled.

'And then he said they asked for a litter box in the lobby. Now they didn't put a litter box into the lobby, but someone, according to this man, asked him for a litter box.' 

While Rogan worked to shoot down the rumors of children using litter boxes in schools, Boluc has continually reiterated the false claims. 

Don Bolduc is running for the Senate in New Hampshire. On Wednesday he defended his claims about schools giving litter trays to students who identify as cats © Provided by Daily Mail Don Bolduc is running for the Senate in New Hampshire. On Wednesday he defended his claims about schools giving litter trays to students who identify as cats

Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who is challenging Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, shared the hoax at a weekend event.

When Bolduc was challenged about his claim on Wednesday he took care not to say that it was true. Instead he said it was what he had been told.

'So what I was talking about is all the craziness going on in our schools. And this is just one of them,' he told NBC News.

'And I had a parent and a student in that audience who came up to me and told me all about it. I've had that all across the state. 

'So I'm only articulating what I heard from Granite Staters, parents, children.'

Culture war battles over gender identity and education have seen the litter tray hoax picked up by a range of Republican politicians.

At a lunch for Republican women in Colorado last month, Rep. Laurent Boebert claimed schools were 'putting litter boxes in schools for people who identify as cats.'

A candidate for governor in Minnesota, Scott Jensen a month earlier reportedly asked during a campaign stop: 'Why do we have litter boxes in some of the school districts so kids can pee in them, because they identify as a furry?'

The debunked rumor has a long online life, and has been picked up by conservatives trying to make a point about education and gender identity - triggering ridicule © Provided by Daily Mail The debunked rumor has a long online life, and has been picked up by conservatives trying to make a point about education and gender identity - triggering ridicule

A recent NBC News review found at least 20 conservative candidates or elected officials had made similar claims.

Although 'furries' exist as a subculture of people who like to dress in animal costumes, school districts have repeatedly denied that litter trays have ever been used to cater for children who identify as cats.

But one school district in Colorado told NBC that it had included cat litter in 'go buckets' that contain emergency supplies in case students are locked in a classroom during a shooting.

That has not stopped the myth continuing to flare up on social media and in conservative speeches on gender identity and education.

CNN obtained audio of Bolduc making similar claims 

'Guess what? We have furries and fuzzies in classrooms,' he told the crowd. 'They lick themselves, they’re cats. 

'When they don’t like something, they hiss – people walk down the hallway and jump out,” he said, as a hissing sound could be heard.

'And get this, get this: They’re putting litter boxes, right? Litter boxes for that. …' 

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