Howard Stern isn’t surprised by the words and actions of Donald Trump during the presidential election.
“None of this was hidden,” Stern said Wednesday on his morning show, referring to his controversial interviews with Trump, which have resurfaced during the GOP nominee’s run.
Among the comments in the headline-grabbing chats: Trump explaining that a then-teenage Lindsay Lohan was “probably deeply troubled and therefore great in bed”; Trump laughing alongside his children Ivanka and Donald Jr. when he was called a “sexual predator”; and Trump allowing Stern to call Ivanka a “hot piece of ass.”
“This is who Trump is,” explained Stern Wednesday. “He was always bombastic. He always rated women. He always talked in a misogynistic, sexist kind of way, but he did it sort of proudly and out in the open. And he still won the Republican primary.”
Stern also revealed that he flat-out told Trump he would be voting Hillary Clinton. “He did my show, he was a good guest, but as president of the United States… I told Trump this when he first announced because he called me,” shared Stern. “I said, ‘Listen, I just want you to know upfront: I’ve been waiting for Hillary Clinton to be president for a long time. I wanted her to be president before Barack Obama.'”
Stern went on to explain that he liked Clinton as a first lady, senator, and secretary of State. The host praised “her experience, her level-headedness, her ability to focus,” and her views on abortion, Planned Parenthood, economics, and immigration. “We have to remember why the Statue of Liberty is standing there,” said Stern.
Most of the segment, however, focused on Clinton’s Republican rival. Despite all their interactions over the years, Trump never struck Stern as a serious contender for the presidency.
“I, certainly, in a million years, I didn’t expect Trump to seriously run for president,” Stern explained. “All the times he came on the show he was a very good sport, and he was in the spirit of the show. Look, he’s been very friendly toward me, friendly toward the show, always coming on, so I certainly wasn’t going to f— him over by releasing those tapes, and those tapes are out there on the internet anyway. So that was my stance.”
In the wake of Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood video from 2005 being released, interest in Stern’s interviews with Trump has been renewed as the clock ticks down to Election Day. Stern said the attention has reinforced his pride in his interview style.
“As far as my role goes, I feel proud in the sense that I don’t think anybody else does an interview the way this show does,” he said. “Because everyone when they interview is sort of afraid to talk like real people. Now those words are biting him in the ass, but in general, I think that we have a different kind of interviewing process than any other place. Which is why, all of the sudden, everyone — CNN, NBC, Fox — they have to turn to our tapes, because it’s a real conversation.”
Head over to CNN’s KFile to listen to the portion of Stern’s show about Trump.