Howard Stern: Trump 'asked me to speak at the Republican convention'
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Howard Stern says he was put in an “awkward” position when he was faced with a personal plea from Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

“It was a very awkward kind of thing, because Donald asked me to speak at the Republican convention,” Stern told David Letterman on an episode of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs no Introduction,” released Thursday.

The SiriusXM host said he had to tell Trump — whom Stern described as “the definition of a great guest” from his frequent appearances on his radio show — that he couldn’t offer his political support.


“I was put in a very awkward position of having to say publicly and to him, 'I’m a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' The Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race MORE supporter — always have been.'”

“I was honest with Donald,” Stern, 64, recalled. “I said, ‘Donald, you know you also supported Hillary.’"

Scott Baio, “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson and model Antonio Sabato Jr. were among the speakers at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, while actresses Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver spoke at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that year.

Stern also revealed that Trump kept in touch with him throughout his 2016 White House bid.

“He would call me from the campaign trail very often and say, ‘Hey, you watching?’”

“I was tickled by this, because I really kind of felt deep in my heart that this campaign was really more about selling a book or selling a brand,” said Stern.

“I do consider Donald a friend,” Stern added, “but my politics are different.”

The radio host has claimed in the past that Trump entered the 2016 contest with no intention of actually winning.

“Believe me, nobody wanted Hillary to win more than Donald Trump. He didn’t need this,” Stern said on his show last year.