Megastar radio host Howard Stern is calling President Trump out for bragging about his coronavirus briefing ratings. Stern, like many people across the country said that Trump’s boastfulness about something so trivial as ratings is “mind-boggling.”
Stern also pointed out that Americans are “scared shitless” and are tuning in because they want information, not for Trump’s ego.
Stern has had Trump on his show as a guest through the years although after the “King of all Media” expressed his political views and intent to vote for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle, Trump has not returned.
Stern, who is currently broadcasting from home for SiriusXM and is available to more listeners than ever since the company has offered free access to all through May 15, said last week, “Do I pull my hair out of my head when I see my buddy Donald Trump standing there talking about how can people not look at his ratings and his ratings are higher than ‘The Bachelor?'” He pointed out that “the reason his ratings are higher” is “because people are scared shitless.”
Stern had a clear message for Trump:
“It’s not your incredible reality TV show that you’re putting on for the country… It’s because we’re in crisis and we’re tuning in to see what the president has to say. We’re looking for leadership, motherf—ers!”Howard Stern, speaking about Trump
Trump recently tweeted a part of a New York Times story that was debating whether or not TV networks should broadcast the live press briefings from the White House and he emphasized that millions of Americans are tuning in.
“President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’ Numbers are continuing to rise…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
Stern said he was discussing Trump’s attitude about the ratings because his listeners have asked why he doesn’t use his enormously popular show as a platform to speak out more, or basically just rant, about President Trump.
To that point, Stern lamented, “It’s like a no-win situation.” He said he faces criticism whether he supports or drags Trump: “Me yelling about Trump, in my mind, doesn’t do a damn bit of good. It’s not going to get Donald to be a better, compassionate president. I can’t change Donald Trump.”
Stern, 66, who has talked extensively about how much therapy has helped him evolve and stay grounded and focused, said, “You think I’m going to change a 70-something-year-old man who’s never been in therapy? Do you think I’m going to change a man who’s never been introspective? First time I met him, he spoke about himself for an hour, didn’t ask me one question. I mean, that’s Donald. I can’t yell at a turtle to run faster.”
Stern said, “Let me tell you about Donald because I know Donald. He’s really sensitive for himself. As far as Donald’s concerned, Donald thinks he’s the best president there ever was.”
Stern has had high praise for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) handling of the the coronavirus crisis but has been thoroughly unimpressed with Trump’s response, saying, “I can honestly tell you that Donald doesn’t give one shit about public service. But I’m not angry with Donald. Donald is who Donald is, and he’s not going to change.”
Stern said of Trump, “He’s a flawed guy. But me sitting and yelling about Trump for two hours isn’t going to do any good.”