The past few weeks have been the most damaging to Donald Trump in his bid for president, between leaked footage of the candidate bragging about kissing and groping women, followed by a disastrous second debate, to the ensuing accusations made by a growing list of women who claim that Trump groped or assaulted them. And in between all this, Trump’s past interviews with Howard Stern have been coming back to haunt him, as every couple of days another interview surfaces in which he does everything from dole marital advice about “vagina being expensive,” to calling his own daughter a “piece of ass” and speculating what sex would be like with the troubled then-teen Lindsay Lohan. And let’s not forget where Trump’s remarks about supporting the Iraq War came from.
So unwittingly, the shock jock has found himself right smack in the middle of a presidential election. And while it would be easy enough to court attention and beat media outlets to the punch by replaying his own salacious interviews with his frequent former guest, Stern explained on his SiriusXM program Monday morning why he’ll never do that.
“These conversations that I had with Donald Trump weren’t done in private like the Billy Bush tapes, this was on the radio,” said SiriusXM host Stern, lashing out at reporters who claim to have unearthed the chats. “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.”