Howard Stern: ‘Bernie Sanders Is Probably My Biggest Hero for One Reason’
Howard Stern is a wild card when it comes to politics. The notorious shock jock is a friend of Donald Trump, and yet Stern supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. On top of all that, he has a giant soft spot for Clinton’s former rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
“Bernie Sanders is probably my biggest hero for one reason,” Stern told Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’ yesterday. “When the FCC was attacking me [in the 90s], and they were attempting to take me off the air in a big way, it was almost like racketeering: they kept fining our stations and keeping us from acquiring other radio stations.”
Things got so bad, that Stern thought his days on the radio were numbered.
“I was under siege at that point. I really was,” he recalled. “And I thought it might be the end of my career.”
That’s when Sanders stepped in to stick up for Stern.
“Bernie Sanders got up in the Senate and said, I think what you’re doing to Howard Stern is wrong, I believe in freedom of speech, and I want to go on the record as saying you’ve got to stop it.”
So it’s not surprising that Stern has had a soft spot for Bernie ever since. While that doesn’t mean that Stern necessarily will support Sanders’ bid to win the White House in 2020, we shouldn’t be surprised if the Bern makes an appearance on Stern’s SiriusXM show during the campaign.
Check out the full interview in the clip above.