Newly released Howard Stern Show tapes feature Donald Trump admitting to psychological problems

Archive of Trump interviews on "Howard Stern Show" released

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published September 25, 2017 5:44PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)
(Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)

In over 15 hours of previously unreleased taped interviews, Donald Trump reveals to radio shock jock Howard Stern exactly how he sees all women, including various celebrities, his wife, and his daughter. Proving, once again, that the president has long behaved in private life as he has in public, the newly transcribed interviews are most notable for his admissions about wife Melania and daughter Ivanka.

“Have you ever felt her up in public,” Stern asked Trump of his third wife in 1999.

“Yeah,” Trump admitted.

Stern had refused to rebroadcast the interviews, which originally aired between 1993 and 2015, arguing that would betray the free environment in which Trump was his guest.

“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,” Trump explained while campaigning last year. “People do love it … I could say whatever I wanted when I was an entrepreneur, a business guy.”

Aside from confessing to groping his wife in public -- presumably playfully, but let’s be real! -- much of Trump’s on-air appearances revolved around objectifying female celebrities by their physical attributes.

“Oh, you are—there are gonna be smaller bathing suits,” Stern asked Trump after the real estate mogul bought the Miss USA pageant.

“Very tiny,” Trump promised.

“I love her upper body,” he commented of Halle Berry. “She’s got a huge trunk,” he astutely observed of Kim Kardashian.

“She had the best body. She had the best face. She had the best hair I’ve ever seen,” Trump said of Anna Nicole Smith.

When asked about Charlize Theron, Trump replied: “To be honest, I think Ivanka is much better-looking than her.”

But Trump later admitted in another interview, “I think my daughter looks down on me.”

Trump also confessed to washing his hands “as many times as possible” per day, admitting that this is a kind of psychological problem.

“It could be a psychological problem,” Trump told Stern in 1993.

“Have you ever gone to a psychiatrist to eliminate that problem?”

“No. I like it,” Trump replied. “I like cleanliness. Cleanliness is a nice thing. Not only hands, body, everything.”

In 1997’s Art of the Comeback, Trump wrote that “one of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands.” He complained that “the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this terrible custom seems to get.”

“I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands,” Trump wrote, “which I do as much as possible.”

Despite later saying in a 1999 interview with Stern that “mentally, I’m very well behaved, actually,” Trump again described himself as a “germaphobe” to shield himself from rumors of salacious activities in Russia. The infamous “pee tape” allegedly showed Trump with prostitutes in 2013 in a hotel room where the women urinated on the bed.

"Does anyone really believe that story," Trump asked at a news conference days before his inauguration.

"I'm also very much of a germophobe, by the way," he said. "Believe me."

Check out archive of 15 hours of Trump’s appearances on the “Howard Stern Show” dating back to 1993 here.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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