Radio and television personality Howard Stern has said that he assisted Donald Trump in getting elected in the 2016 presidential elections by interviewing the Republican frequently. Stern also admitting to voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton during the polls, and added that according to him Clinton made a mistake by never appearing on his show.
The radio legend made the statement while appearing on Good Morning America on Monday. "I wanted to see Hillary Clinton win," he said during the show. "If she had come on the show - the way I helped Donald was I let him come on and be a personality."
"Whether you liked him or not ... people related to him as a human being. I wanted to do that for Hillary," Stern said. "The big knock against Hillary, especially with some of the male audience, was, 'Eh, we don't like her.'"
Stern continued saying Clinton is afraid of him and that it is justified. "I thought that perhaps if she came on my show, we could've stripped away some of the pomp and circumstance or the tightness that comes with running for president and, like Donald, she could've been seen in a different light," he said.
The radio host said that Trump, during his appearances on his show, appeared genuine and authentic: "Donald Trump, hands down, whenever you put him on the air, now, this is before he was running for president, he was an open book."
"He would say anything. And you know, oddly enough - during the campaign and even now, people quote these interviews that I did with him," he said of the president.
Stern, who appeared on the morning show for promoting his latest book 'Howard Stern Comes Again', slammed the media for digging up quotes from Trump's interviews on his show from his presidential campaign in 2016.
CNN’s KFile, in the weeks before the 2016 polls, had dug a clip from 1998 in which Trump compares the risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases in the 1980s to the Vietnam War.
Stern, in the clip, asks Trump: "Let's say you're with a hot chick, right? But you're so germ paranoid, and I'm germ paranoid, do you say to them, “look you've got to go take a medical test before I do you”?’
To which, Trump responds with: "Well, you'd like to say that, and sometimes you do.The problem is that sometimes your own chemicals take over and you can't wait."
"So you'll just have straight intercourse with a rubber with them right?’ Stern asked.
"Well, I don't know, you know there's lots of different ways of doing it," Trump said. "It's a very complicated subject. They say that more people were killed by women in this act than killed in Vietnam, OK."
Stern responded to Trump's statement with: "Yes, that is true. I even went as far to say that you're braver than any Vietnam vet because you're out there screwing a lot of women."
"Getting the Congressional Medal of Honor, in actuality," said Trump.
Stern, however, said that although Trump and him were close before, there's been a growing distance between the two.
"It's a weird relationship I have," Stern said of Trump."Donald was at my wedding... I remember having very warm feelings for Donald, and I do. I mean, he was always very nice to me."
However, when he was asked about the Republican's political persona, Stern responded with: "I didn't know this was him."