Howard Stern on Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: ‘I’m shocked it took this long’
Howard Stern says he’s amazed it took as long as it did for President Trump to test positive for COVID-19.
“I’m shocked it took this long,” the SiriusXM host exclaimed on Monday, saying Trump’s personal behavior “has just been egregious” during the pandemic.
“Every time I turn on the TV and see these events [the Trump administration] throw, the people are on top of each other and no one is wearing a mask,” Stern, 66, said on his eponymous radio show.
Trump — who as a New York real estate developer was a frequent guest on Stern’s show — announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. He has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since late Friday afternoon.
Stern, who said he’s been holed up in his home since March and broadcasting from there, expressed outrage over Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s “not even the disinterest in the virus, not even the lies about the virus,” he said, “but the disdain for people who are trying to stay alive, the utter disdain for seeing people in their masks and laughing at them. And I’m like, ‘What is going on? What bizzaro universe am I living in?'”
“I’m happy to hear on a personal level that Donald is OK. Don’t get me wrong. I would be sad for him if he died and I would be sad for his family,” added Stern, who has said in the past that he considered Trump a friend. “I’m a human being. I’m compassionate enough to care about everyone, and I’m compassionate enough to care about our country.”
Stern later in his show likened last month’s Rose Garden event where Trump announced he was nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to the Jonestown massacre in 1978, in which cult leader Jim Jones convinced more than 900 people to ingest cyanide and end their lives.
Multiple attendees at the White House event, including GOP Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Thom Tillis (N.C.), former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and the president of the University of Notre Dame, have since tested positive for the virus. Attendees sat side-by-side, and only a handful of guests wore masks.
“I’m watching this thing, and it hits me all of a sudden and I start comparing it to Jonestown,” Stern told his audience.
“I’m sitting in my house, I’m wearing masks, I’m quarantining,” Stern exclaimed, “I say to myself, ‘How is it they think they’re not going to get COVID?'”
“The president’s standing there like Jim Jones,” said Stern. “It’s like hustling people into a room and telling them to drink poison Kool-Aid.”
“It’s like they’re all hypnotized by the cult leader,” Stern said.
“I’m absolutely out of my f—ing mind about how this country is being run and what is going on.”