Television personality Jerry Springer, known for his raucous TV show, on Tuesday suggested that the wild Republican presidential race is too much for him to handle.
"When I first started watching the Republican debates I said that, you know, if they're going to do my show, they should start paying me," Springer said in an interview with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC.
"It's one thing to have a television show like that, but that's not how you run a country," Springer said.
Some figures, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, have referenced Springer's comments recently to criticize the level of discourse in the Republican race dominated by Trump. The race has at times seen the candidates engage in name-calling and schoolyard insults.
Springer, a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati who also weighed in on the GOP race early this month, is supporting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE for president. Both Trump and Clinton are vying for support in Ohio on Tuesday, with both parties holding primaries in the state.
"You're gonna run this tape after the election if I'm wrong," Springer said Tuesday on MSNBC, "But I'm telling you, there is no conceivable way that America in a general election ... there is absolutely no way that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE becomes president of the United States."
"America is not gonna vote for that man to have his finger on the button," Springer continued. "I mean, the television show is over."
"When you're talking about president of the United States, the leader of the free world, having to deal with all these other countries, having to get the support of a lot of Islamic nations in fighting terrorism, we can't have someone like Donald Trump. This is not a joke."