Trump has had a tough week with the release of his hot mic comments to Billy Bush from back in 2005. This example of vulgar talk about women was explicit, but it does follow a precedent set by Trump with his appearances on The Howard Stern Show. He displays a complete disregard for women, and talks about them in inappropriate ways while as a guest on the show.
Frequent Appearances on The Howard Stern Show
Howard Stern is a popular radio show host who is best known for being a shock jock due to his crude and boundary pushing content. In his interviews with Trump he would not hesitate to probe him with sexually charged questions, and Trump was often happy to oblige with an answer. Trump seemed to have no problem with the type of crude banter present on the show, and was a frequent guest. According to Buzzfeed he made two dozen appearances during the late 90’s and into the 2000’s.
The questionable topics covered on the many episodes with Trump range from the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, rating women on a 10 point scale, to even discussing his own daughter’s breasts as well as making disparaging comments towards his ex- wife Ivana. The one recurring theme that runs throughout these interviews is his lack of respect for women, and the objectifying way in which he talks about them.
April 2005 Episode of The Howard Stern Show
In an episode of The Howard Stern Show from April of 2005 Trump demonstrated his outdated view on women. He owned both the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants at this time, and he discusses and comments on some offensive aspects of this.
Listen to an excerpt of the audio below:
Stern poses the question of what would happen if one of the Miss Universe contestants wanted to have sex with Donald Trump. Given that Trump was the owner of the pageant, it is brought up that it could be a conflict of interest, although Trump provides a response that is far from appropriate.
Well, what you could also say is that, as the owner of the pageant, it's your obligation to do that. - Donald Trump
He also talks about how as the owner of the pageant he could use his position of power to be backstage and see the contestants naked while they were getting ready.
You know, the dresses. 'Is everyone okay?' You know, they're standing there with no clothes. 'Is everybody okay?' And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that. - Donald Trump
His comments didn’t end there, and he went on to say how he saved the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants, but the way he did this was less than noble. The pageants had started to embrace education as well as appearance, but Trump saw no need for this, and elaborated on how it did not matter at all to the success of the pageant. When someone involved with the pageant defended the idea of education being incorporated into it, he was quick to dismiss this notion.
I actually went on the 'Today Show' with Katie Couric a while ago, six years ago, and we had a woman running the pageant who was really into the whole thing of education and everything and I said, 'Look, if you're looking for a rocket scientist, don't turn in tonight. But if you're looking for a really beautiful woman, you should watch.' - Donald Trump
Will be tough to gain female support now
Due to an increased scrutiny on him after the release of the hot mic audio from his interaction with Billy Bush, the media has been digging deeper into his past comments. This has provided further evidence against him in regards to his poor attitude towards women, especially throughout his numerous appearances on The Howard Stern Show.
All of this now coming to light has lost him the support of many in the GOP, and many have withdrawn their endorsements for him. Donald Trump will certainly have his work cut out for him in convincing female voters to cast a ballot for him given his track record.