According to Mediaite, in the ongoing back-and-forth between former President Donald Trump and radio host Howard Stern, the clash took a new turn as Stern responded to Trump’s recent tirade on Truth Social. The feud began when Stern declared himself “woke” and subsequently received backlash from the former president.
Last week, Stern gained significant attention when he proudly announced his “woke” status, sharing his experiences of receiving another vaccine booster and reiterating his belief in the legitimacy of the 2020 election results. These declarations didn’t sit well with Trump, who took to Truth Social over the weekend to brand Stern a “weirdo.” In a post just after midnight on Sunday, Trump wrote:
“The real Howard Stern is a weak, pathetic, and disloyal guy, who lost his friends and MUCH of his audience. Until just recently, I haven’t heard his name mentioned in years.”
I did his show many times in the good old days, and then he went Woke, and nobody cares about him any longer. I don’t know what they (really!) pay him, but it shouldn’t be much. His influence is gone, and without that, he’s got NOTHING – Just a broken weirdo, unattractive both inside and out, trying like hell to be relevant!” Trump’s words ignited a new chapter in the feud.
In response to Trump’s comments, Howard Stern took to the airwaves during the Monday edition of The Howard Stern Show, expressing his bewilderment at the former president’s unexpected focus on him. Stern admitted his initial confusion, saying, “I put all the pieces together. So a couple of days ago, I went on the air and said that I’m woke. Now, I tell you the truth, I don’t know what woke means, but to me, I said on the air. And by the way, when I said this on the air, I never, ever thought anyone would care that I’m saying this. It shocks me how the dumbest shit that I talk about becomes somehow news. It’s weird.”
Stern then clarified his understanding of being “woke” as supporting initiatives like LGBTQ+ rights, vaccination, and social programs like Social Security and Medicaid. He humorously mused, “I don’t know what woke exactly means. But I guess the opposite of woke to me is asleep, and I think I’m awake.”
Stern further speculated that his comments had triggered the former president, leading him to address Stern publicly. Stern concluded by expressing his amazement that Trump, a former U.S. president, would devote time to discussing Howard Stern’s “woke” status. In his words, “Imagine you got to be the 45th president of the United States and you’re sitting and writing about Howard Stern. Whether he’s woke. You know, all of a sudden Trump saw me being discussed on all his conservative media things and he got charged up. And I’m disloyal? I stole the excitement for a minute or two.”