Howard Stern Tried to Discourage Donald Trump From Running for President

The Hollywood Reporter

Howard Stern said he tried to convince Donald Trump not to run for president.

On his radio show on Wednesday, Stern, who was a Clinton supporter, recalled running into Trump earlier this year and questioning the then-Republican presidential nominee about why he wanted to become president.

"People love you. They leave you the f - alone," Stern said he told Trump. "They know you from television. What the f - are you doing with your life?"

Stern said he asked Trump at multiple points during the campaign, "Why do you want this?"

Stern added of the president-elect, "I still don't think he wants it."

The radio-show host spoke about Trump's age, saying that he's 70 and should not spend his life in such a stressful situation.

"Now, for the next four years of his life - and you don't know how long you're going to live - he's got to sit there and deal with people's f - ing anger," said Stern. "Can he give the people what he promised them? Can he really change the economy? Can he really change America?"

He said he remembers thinking to himself that he didn't want Trump "running for f - ing president." Stern added that he thinks the one who is the most surprised by the election results is Donald Trump, who Stern thinks was doing this for publicity.

"I think NBC was f - ing with him on the Apprentice deal. They were going to lower his pay," said Stern, sharing a theory he has. "He said, 'You know what I'll do? I'll run for president. Even if I don't win, I'll announce, it'll up my game, and I'll get a better deal.' Which is a smart move."

Added Stern, "I don't know that he could've imagined that this could've been the outcome."

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