On a Tuesday morning in mid-June last year, Donald Trump stunned the world by announcing in a longwinded televised address that after decades of endless teasing, he was officially running for President of The United States of America.
Only smart, observant viewers took him seriously. Everybody else (including me) thought it was a joke, a transparent publicity stunt. But more than a year later, Trump is the Republican nominee having cleaned up more than enough delegates during the 2016 primaries.
The most memorable moment during his instantly infamous speech was this:
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
…It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”
For decades, Trump has been a favoured guest of Howard Stern. In recent months, his appearances on the long running morning radio staple have been fodder for numerous media reports as the Republican Presidential candidate’s routinely awful comments about women first made on live radio and long forgotten have suddenly been disseminating widely.
Although he’s said to be a Hillary Clinton supporter, Stern has often defended Trump throughout this endless campaign. As recently as last week, as noted by the invaluable MarksFriggin.com, he claimed that much of what his longtime friend says can’t be taken seriously because “he’s doing it for fun.”
In his 1993 memoir Private Parts, Stern praised Trump as being “always one of our best guests”. On pages 307 and 308 of the paperback edition, the radio comedian laid out what he called “My Immigration Policy”. See if some of this sounds familiar:
“Wherever I’m born, I stay, that’s my rule of thumb. I don’t try to go anywhere else. I’m happy where I am. The problem is, nobody else feels the same. Take the Mexicans. They’re nice people. I got nothing against Mexicans, but if they’re Mexicans, they should be in Mexico. And the ones who come here are so angry. Of course, I’d be confused and angry, too, if I had dark skin and white people’s hair. Speaking of hair, how do you like those Hispanic chicks who dye their hair blond? That’s an attractive look. No wonder some Spanish guys are ready to rape any white woman who comes along.
Look, if it was up to me, I would open the world’s borders to everyone so they could go anywhere. The only problem is that the United States is the only good country in the world. I don’t see the Japanese opening their borders. The Germans try to rout anyone else out. Even Australia, a nation of criminals, keeps immigrants out. We take everybody’s trash. We used to have an immigration policy in this country. During WWII a boat of nine hundred Jews tried to get into this country and we turned them away. Now no one’s turned away. We used to get lawyers and professors coming here, fleeing intolerance. We got German rocket scientists, the crème de la crème. Now we get guys who aren’t fit to be janitors.
We’re bankrupt because it costs a fortune to assimilate all these immigrants. We’re spending a fortune on social programs for people who come here with no skills, no jobs, and nothing to do. They have to be put on welfare. And we have to hire special bilingual teachers. Then they want signs in Spanish. Excuse me, this is America. We speak English here.
It’s not just the Mexicans. A lot of people who come to this country don’t want to assimilate.
When my grandparents came here, this was a huge, underpopulated country. Now it’s filled up. But people still come and it’s the fault of the damn French. They gave us that stupid Statue of Liberty to trick us. Some gift. Look at what it’s attracting.”
By the way, those “German rocket scientists” Stern praised? They worked for the Nazis.
At any event, if you think he’s evolved on the issue of immigration, I direct you to a MarksFriggin.com write-up of a Sirius/XM Satellite radio broadcast from November 16, 2015. Through site owner Mark Mercer’s reporting, here’s what Stern said in the aftermath of the Paris massacre:
“Howard said the first thing they should do is immediately cancel all visas to this country. Howard said put a moratorium on it for a while.
Howard said his idea is to cancel all visas. He said no one comes in. Howard said then the people who are here on visas are thrown out if they have expired…Howard said no one comes in right now. He said we’re under attack so we keep people out for a year or year and a half…Howard said go study in your country.
Howard said he’s not sure why people are so anxious to take in refugees. Howard said they should throw them back into Syria. Howard said then clear out that viper’s nest.”
By the way, Stern’s guest that morning was former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. As Marksfriggin reported, “Howard said Ray was into stop and frisk and he doesn’t understand why they stopped it. Howard said it seems like a great way to know what’s going on and develop intelligence.”
In early December, just a few weeks after this broadcast, Donald Trump announced that he was advocating for a temporary, unconstitutional ban on Muslims coming to the United States. Nine months later, he publicly supported the largely abandoned and mostly ineffective & discriminatory Stop and Frisk during his first debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
In Private Parts, Trump is quoted as saying, “I tune into Howard to hear what you rarely get these days – straight talk and very close to the mark.” Has he been getting policy ideas from his show?
What will Stern say about Trump’s recently exposed remarks from a 2005 Access Hollywood shoot where he claimed his fame gave him immunity from violating the boundaries of women he found attractive? When he comes back from vacation next week, claiming “he’s doing it for fun” when Trump has been accused of the very things he bragged about in that video isn’t going to cut it.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, October 11, 2016