Throughout Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, media outlets have roasted the Republican for his numerous controversial interviews with “shock jock” radio king Howard Stern between 2002 and 2013, in which Trump discussed his sex life and made numerous lewd comments. But on the Monday edition of his Sirius XM show, Stern said that replaying the years-old audio would be “a betrayal,” Billboard reports.
“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, referencing the infamous leaked 2005 chat featuring Trump’s sexually explicit comments about women. “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.”
Stern, a noted supporter of Trump’s rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, said he was pleased the recordings have sparked a national conversation. However, he maintained that the chats were in the spirit of “having a good time” – and not intended to “fuck somebody over.”
“I fully knew what I was doing when I interviewed Trump,” he continued. “I knew I had a guy who loved to talk about sex … I had a guy who loved to evaluate women on a scale of 1-10. These are avenues I went down because I knew it would entertain the audience.”
Stern also rebuked Trump’s infamous statement that the leaked Billy Bush tapes were nothing more than “locker room talk,” saying, “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 pussy – but I have never been in the room when someone has said ‘grab them by the pussy.'”
“No one’s ever advocated going that step where you get a little bit, ‘hey I’m going to invade someone’s space,'” he continued. “A lot of [those conversations are] real kind of desperate talk. The reason it’s in a locker room is because no one’s proud of it.”