There are plenty of people who have speculated over the last three years that perhaps Donald Trump only ever entered the race for the presidency on a lark. That perhaps Donald and his wife Melania were ill-prepared, ill-suited, and unexpectedly bad at being the First Family because they never actually expected to win the presidency.
That’s a pretty sound theory — all of his arrogant bluster aside, Trump knows deep down that he is spectacularly bad at almost everything he tries. His celebrity alone gets him most things that he wants, because he certainly doesn’t secure them through traditional deal-making or some kind of secret formula for success.
But how could we ever know if the real story behind Trump becoming President was like one of those sad prom stories where everyone laughs at the nerdy kid in the end when the popular one confesses the date was only a dare? We would need some kind of inside information, someone that Trump actually told about his plans who has simply heretofore not gone public with the information.
Someone like Howard Stern.
The approximately 1,500-year-old radio shock jock has been friends with Trump since apparently the Middle Ages, when a lack of education made pre-feudalist landlords like The Donald even more powerful in controlling their subjects — a trend that has made a disheartening return to popularity.
Stern has been on tour promoting his
history book memoir Howard Stern Comes Again, and Howie’s been spilling the beans a bit about his old buddy. Not even two weeks ago, Stern visited the set of Good Morning America, where he told host George Stephanopoulos that Trump probably procured abortions for multiple mistresses. Then yesterday, Stern met with fellow Ancient Media Avatar Anderson Cooper, and the story got even deeper:
Radio shock jock Howard Stern says he believes Trump’s candidacy for president was a “publicity stunt” in order to get a raise from NBC for hosting “The Apprentice.” https://t.co/b7GR1YMmLN pic.twitter.com/SWp7TWvtET
— CNN (@CNN) May 24, 2019
This was a publicity stunt. I have no doubt because I have some inside information. And the thing is that, it started out with The Art of the Deal, the book, and it was a PR guy’s idea, he said ‘Donald, what you need to do is, we’ll make a sort of a rumor that you’re running for President.’ And Donald was like, ‘Oh!’ So all of a sudden he was being interviewed, the book goes right to number one.”
Howard then describes the thought process for Trump, with flagging ratings for his show The Apprentice, of actually running in order to boost his ratings on NBC.
It’s a sad state of affairs — a stain on democracy, honestly — that the reality TV Trump watches so much and has been a part of found its way into the halls of government. Maybe that’s why Howard is speaking up now, because he misses the Roman Senate of his youth.
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