"So Donald said, 'Would you please come to the Republican Convention and speak on my behalf?' And I went, 'Oh my God,'" Stern recalled. "You know, it's a weird thing because here a guy is asking — who asks me to do a thing like that? — and it was very nice, but I had to find a way and say 'Look, I can't do this.'"
.@HowardStern speaks on Donald Trump, who has been a guest on his radio show several times:— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 22, 2019
“I firmly believed that Donald did not want to run for president, I don’t think it was serious, I don’t think he wanted to be the president.” pic.twitter.com/ugNHhj8RMx
Stern also stated that Trump wanted his endorsement but he declined because he was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton.
The host of "The Howard Stern Show" then said he didn't believe Trump really wanted to be president. According to Stern, the only reason Trump ran in 2016 was that he was seeking a pay raise from NBC for "The Apprentice."
"What did he say? 'I'll run for president, I'll get a lot of press,' and I really believe that Donald ... This was a gimmick to get NBC to raise up his salary and to keep 'The Apprentice' on," Stern said. "And I would bet the farm on that."
Stern later joked that had he endorsed Trump, he would have become "Chief Justice on the Supreme Court" or "the head of the FCC."