Have you seen this Donald Trump interview?
“Shock” jock Howard Stern isn’t really one to mince words and thrives on provocative questions, so putting him together with Donald Trump might sound like something out of a middle school boys’ locker.
Newsweek reported on obtaining the full audio and transcripts of all 15 hours of Trump talking to Stern, from 1993 to August 25, 2015.
Newsweek wrote: “An anonymous person earlier this month sent the audio files of 35 full and unique Trump-Stern interviews by Dropbox to the website Factba.se. The site developers had made a public request for Stern-Trump interview audio files on various Stern fan sites and on Reddit earlier this year. The site allowed Newsweek to search the files before making them available to the public for the first time on Monday (Sept. 25).”
The material only recently surfaced as during the 2016 presidential campaign, Stern opted to not make it public as he felt it would be a ‘betrayal’ to his guests “if I sat there and played them now where people are attacking him,” Stern said on his SiriusXM show.
“I feel Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us,” Stern added.
Trump would phone in on the show whenever he had new products or events to hawk, but always stayed around for questions about his sex life, his wives and girlfriends at the time, and even his children’s inheritance.
He even revealed that he thinks Ivanka, his businesswoman daughter with first wife Ivana, “looks down” on him.
Newsweek noted that the interview reveals Trump spoke with Stern more than any other journalist or program host within the more than 20 year period.
“Trump has talked more to Stern than to any other single journalist or media personality, including Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, Larry King and Don Imus. The voluminous archive contains more than 104,357 words Trump uttered on The Howard Stern Show—a number which is, by the site’s calculations, 21 percent longer than The Art of the Deal, Trump’s first bestseller, which weighed in at 86,575 words,” Newsweek wrote.
The interviews started a little after he was dating Melania, and casually mentioned he groped her in public when they were dating.
Newsweek’s transcript goes:
Stern: Have you ever felt her up in public?
Stern: Yeah. As I know.
Trump: I’m very well behaved, actually, and almost always I’m very down the middle.
Stern: How did you meet this supermodel?
Trump: I met her at a very big party in New York. And she was there along with other supermodels, and I greeted all of them, and I said, that’s the one that’s the most beautiful.
“Trump usually took the bait whenever Stern tried to get him talking about which celebrities he would “bang” or how often he and Melania had sex, but occasionally he deflected him. On May 8, 1993, he noted in the recordings, “I like Howard, but I have to be crazy to be here.”
But he kept coming back for more,” Newsweek wrote.
The article also cited a new book titled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, where 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess Trump from afar.
The book speculated that Trump’s impulsivity and immaturity are signs of a person exhibiting “unbridled and extreme present hedonism,” a syndrome related to arrested emotional development due to childhood trauma.
“Without proper individual assessment we can only make a best guess about whether Trump suffers from arrested emotional development which may or may not be a factor in his extreme present hedonism,” they write.
Yet, based on “his bullying behavior, his immature remarks about sex, and his childlike need for constant attention, we can speculate that the traumatizing event was when he was sent away to military school at the age of thirteen.”
Newsweek noted though, that Trump had addressed those conversations with Stern earlier this year, saying it was all done in “good fun.”
“I never anticipated running for office or being a politician, so I could have fun with Howard on the radio and everyone would love it. People do love it,” Trump said. “I could say whatever I wanted when I was an entrepreneur, a business guy.”