Controversial radio host Howard Stern said Monday that former President Donald Trump was “all charged up” because Stern grabbed attention from conservative media for admitting to being “woke.”

“My thought was — What? Imagine you got to be the 45th president of the United States and you’re sitting and writing about Howard Stern,” Mediaite reported the shock jock saying during his Monday show. “Whether he’s woke. You know, all of a sudden Trump saw me being discussed on all his conservative media things and he got charged up. And I’m disloyal? I stole the excitement for a minute or two.”

Last week, Stern said on the air that he considered himself “woke,” a phrase generally used by conservatives to characterize those with far-left perspectives on race, gender, and sexual orientation.

“I put all the pieces together. So a couple of days ago, I went on the air and said that I’m woke,” Stern said Monday. “Now, I tell you the truth, I don’t know what woke means, but to me, I said on the air, and by the way, when I said this on the air, I never, ever thought anyone would care that I’m saying this. It shocks me how the dumbest s*** that I talk about becomes somehow news. It’s weird.”

Trump went on social media to take a shot at Stern after his on-air admission.

“The real Howard Stern is a weak, pathetic, and disloyal guy, who lost his friends and much of his audience. Until just recently, I haven’t heard his name mentioned in years,” Trump posted on Truth Social Saturday. “I did his show many times in the good old days, and then he went Woke, and nobody cares about him any longer.

“I don’t know what they (really!) pay him, but it shouldn’t be much. His influence is gone, and without that, he’s got nothing — Just a broken weirdo, unattractive both inside and out, trying like hell to be relevant!”

According to Stern, being woke means not being mad or taking part in the Anheuser-Busch boycott after the company ran a marketing campaign in April tied to transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney that dropped U.S. profits by more than 28%, ABC News reported in August.

“Most consumer boycotts have only minimal impact on a company’s sales or profits, because boycotts are easy to call and rarely become prominent in people’s minds,” Gerald Davis, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business, told ABC News. “With this big of an impact on profits, the Bud Light fiasco will count as a milestone.”

Charles Kim

Charles Kim, a Newsmax general assignment writer, is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in reporting on news and politics.


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