Former President Donald Trump didn’t mince words about what he thinks of shock jock Howard Stern, after he declared himself a “woke” anti-Trumper.
The 45th president put Stern on blast in a Truth Social post on Saturday, for going on an enthusiastic rant about how he takes being accused of going “woke” by longtime listeners as a “compliment.”
“The real Howard Stern is a weak, pathetic, and disloyal guy, who lost his friends and MUCH of his audience,” Trump asserted.
The former president said that until recently, he had not heard Stern’s name mentioned in “years.”
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“I did his show many times in the good old days, and then he went woke, and nobody cares about him any longer,” he continued.
Trump said he didn’t know how much Sirius XM actually pays Stern, but “it shouldn’t be much.”
The station lured Stern to move hit show off of satellite radio for $500 million in 2006, and renegotiated his contract in 2020 to score a $120 million a year deal, which breaks down to a $330,000 per episode payday.
Trump clearly thinks that Sirius XM overpaid. “His influence is gone, and without that, he’s got NOTHING,” he remarked.
In a parting shot, he said that Stern is “Just a broken weirdo, unattractive both inside and out, trying like hell to be relevant.”
In his rant about wokeness last week, Stern proudly crowed that he was a “woke, motherf–ker” and loving it.
“By the way, I kind of take that as a compliment, that I’m woke,” he said in a response to a fan’s complaints about the show’s shift towards ultra-liberalism.
“If woke means I can’t get behind Trump, which is what I think it means, or that I support people who want to be transgender or I’m for the vaccine, dude, call me woke as you f–king want,” Stern added.
Trump and Stern were friendly for decades prior to his move into politics. In fact, many of the crude conversations led by the shock jock over a 17 year period caused the former president grief during his 2016 campaign, when they resurfaced the same year.
In a 1993 interview, Trump admitted to cheating on former wife Ivana and disliking her accent. “I was actually faithful to my wife for many years, until I realized the marriage wasn’t gonna work,” he told Stern.
He also noted that Ivana’s accent thickened as she aged. “The accent actually became more pronounced as years went by,” Trump remarked. “It was like the Chinese torture. You know, the water drops on your head.”
In an April 2005 appearance on the show, Trump spoke about going backstage at the Miss USA and Miss Universe contests when he owned them.
“Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he told the host.
Trump said he was “inspecting” to make sure that everything was good while the women were in a state of undress.
“You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that,” he noted.
They also repeatedly discussed his daughter Ivanka’s “voluptuous” physique. “My daughter is beautiful, Ivanka,” Trump told Stern in a September 2004 chat. “By the way, your daughter,” Stern retorted.
Trump repeated that she was “beautiful” and Stern asked him if he can refer to her as “a piece of a–,” which the former president replied in the affirmative to.
Stern and Trump were so close at one point, that the former president attended Sterns 2008 wedding to Beth Ostrosky.
The cracks in their relationship started showing in 2017, after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, who Stern was a huge supporter of.
“It’s very awkward for me personally because I like Donald a lot. I do. I like him a lot. But I’m not a guy who thinks the same way politically,” he said on his show. “And I don’t even know that he thought this way politically a couple of years ago.”
Stern was not thrilled that Trump ran for office, as he did not believe it was going to be a “healthy experience” for real estate mogul.
“I personally wish that he had never run. I told him that. Because I actually think this is something that is going to be very detrimental to his mental health, too,” he continued. “Because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved, he wants people to cheer for him.”