Howard Stern has something to say about ‘locker room talk.’ The radio host has been an unwilling player in the current US presidential election, being brought into the narrative on numerous occasions by Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Now Stern, a former shock jock, is finally weighing in on Trumps’ recent tape scandal with Billy Bush. Stern shared his thoughts on ‘locker room talk,’ a term that Trump has tried to use to downplay his sexual assault remarks. Returning to his long-running Sirius XM show this week, Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers opened up a dialogue about Trump’s latest scandal, with Stern saying, “A lot of the show that I’ve been doing for my entire life, radio show publicly, is an effort to sort of do ‘locker room talk,’ to express all kinds of s–t and just not even care what anyone thinks. But this idea of ‘locker room talk’ … all the times I’ve been around guys — and believe me when I’m around guys 85 percent of the times you’re talking about p–sy — but I have never been in the room when someone has said, ‘Grab them by the p–sy.'”
Stern went on to admit that while traditional locker room talk is usually sexual and vulgar in nature, there is a line drawn with assault. “No one’s ever advocated going that step where you get a little bit, ‘Hey, I’m going to invade someone’s space.’ A lot of [locker room banter is] real kind of desperate talk. The reason it’s in a locker room is because no one’s proud of it.”
While Stern, unlike Trump, clearly knows the difference between ‘locker room talk’ and sexual assault, he doesn’t intend on releasing tapes of his past interviews with Trump. Although Stern is a supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, he says he won’t share the tapes, explaining “These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren’t done in private like the Billy Bush tapes; this was on the radio,” Stern said. “Why don’t I play all the tapes? I have to tell you why: I feel Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us, and I feel like it would be a betrayal to any of our guests if I sat there and played them now where people are attacking him.”
Trump has appeared on Stern’s show a number of times over the past two decades, with some of his more deplorable moments including his fear of STD’s being his own personal Vietnam, making a number of jokes about comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s weight, and saying that women like then-teenaged Lindsay Lohan, who are ‘deeply troubled,’ are great in bed.
Stern also said that he questioned Trump’s plans during a phone call last year. “I said, ‘Why are you doing this? Why would a guy with billions of dollars [run for president]? … Don’t you know what they’re gonna do to you? Don’t you know they’re gonna open up everything?’. Quite frankly, as someone just said, I’m surprised they didn’t find these earlier. There’s nothing to find. As the guy said, they were right there in the open.”
To reiterate Stern’s point, these are things Trump said when he REMEMBERED he was mic’d, unlike with Billy Bush when he forgot or frankly didn’t care. It’s not as if we weren’t warned. Stay strong, America.