The Hill is reporting that Howard Stern floated the idea of running for president in 2024 against Donald Trump.
The SiriusXM host said Tuesday that running for president could be his “civic duty” if Trump, who has repeatedly floated but not confirmed a 2024 bid, sought a second term.
“I would just sit there and play that f—ing clip of him trying to fix the election over and over again,” Stern said, referring to Trump’s phone call in January with Brad Raffensperger in which the then-president sought to persuade the Georgia secretary of state of evidence of election fraud in the Peach State.
“There’s no way I’d lose,” Stern, 67, said.
His co-host Robin Quivers apparently encouraged the idea saying, “You can’t leave it to the Democrats.”
I guess Stern has as much political background as Trump did before he ran in 2016 but I’m not sure that means the Democratic Party is ready to embrace him. On the plus side, he did support Hillary Clinton and more recently Joe Biden and he has made a point of attacking anyone who takes issue with vaccine mandates including Joe Rogan and Aaron Rogers.
On the other hand, before he became the king of all vaccines he was essentially a radio comedian whose material wouldn’t all hold up well in the post BLM/#MeToo era. The oppo-file on Howard Stern would be quite extensive. In fact, he was already put on the defensive over some of his older material last year:
The war of words between Howard Stern and his former friend, President Donald Trump, and the president’s son Donald Jr escalated last weekend when Junior retweeted a conservative missive that the SiriusXM broadcaster appeared in blackface and used the N-word multiple times in a pay-per-view New Year’s Eve special — in 1993…
The clip was first posted by filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, and it was interspersed with Stern’s recent appearance on The View, where he claimed during the appearance that he’d never used the racial slur. In the clip, Stern was reportedly playing the part of Ted Danson, with Sherman Hemsley playing Whoopi Goldberg, Danson’s girlfriend at the time. It was picked up by the unabashedly pro-Trump newspaper New York Post.
“The sh*t I did was f*cking crazy,” Stern said. “I’ll be the first to admit. I won’t go back and watch those old shows; it’s like, who is that guy. But that was my shtick, that’s what I did and I own it. I don’t think I got embraced by Nazi groups and hate groups. They seemed to think I was against them too. Everybody had a bone to pick with me.
You can still find the video in question on YouTube (it can’t be embedded). The point is, contrary to what he claimed on The View, Stern did use the n-word and if he ran for office he wouldn’t be able to gloss over that so easily. Here’s Stern on the View.