Talk-radio show host Howard Stern said he doesn’t think President Donald Trump ever wanted to be president and that his time in office will be “detrimental to his mental health.”
The veteran “shock jock,” who has maintained a friendship with Trump for decades, made the comments on his program on Feb 1.
“I like Donald very much personally. I was shocked when he decided to run for president, and even more shocked that sort of, people took it seriously,” Stern said, according to CNN. “I remember saying to him when he announced his presidency, I remember being quite amazed, because I remember him being for [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton.”
He added that Trump was once pro-choice and then speculated that his presidential run was something of a publicity stunt.
“I think it started out as like a kind of cool, fun thing to do in order to get a couple more bucks out of NBC for The Apprentice, I actually do believe that,” Stern said.
“He just wanted a couple more bucks out of NBC, and that is why Donald is calling for voter fraud investigations,” he continued. “He’s p***ed he won. He still wants Hillary Clinton to win. He’s so f****** pissed, he’s hoping that he can find some voter fraud and hand it over to Hillary.”
“I personally wish that he had never run, I told him that, because I actually think this is something that is going to be detrimental to his mental health too, because, he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved,” he said. “He wants people to cheer for him.”
“And by the way, he’s now on this anti-Hollywood kick,” Stern added. “He loves Hollywood. First of all, he loves the press. He lives for it. He loves people in Hollywood. He only wants [to] hobnob with them. All of this hatred and stuff directed towards him. It’s not good for him. It’s not good. There’s a reason every president who leaves the office has grey hair.”
In October 2016, CNN published an article that reproduced conversations Trump had with Stern on the latter’s radio program over the course of 17 years. Many of them contained language that was disrespectful of women.
During a 2002 appearance on Stern’s show, Trump indicated that he wouldn’t date women over the age of 35, despite being over 50 at the time.
Trump allegedly called 30 a “perfect age,” then proceeded to say, “What is it at 35? It’s called check-out time.”
In 2004 he allegedly told Stern it was OK for him to call Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, a “piece of a**.”
Sources: CNN (2) / Photo credit: Chad Batka via The New York Times