Trump would have fired himself from ‘The Apprentice,’ Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers says

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern are pictured in this file photo.
Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern are pictured in this file photo.(James Devaney/WireImage)

Had pandemic response been a competition on “The Apprentice,” President Trump would have been forced to fire himself, according to “The Howard Stern Show” co-host Robin Quivers.
“Donald’s an entertainer, he did great on ‘The Apprentice,’" Stern said on his Sirius XM show Monday. "That show was nothing without him. He was a good entertainer.”
The NBC game show franchise was a big hit with Trump as its host from 2004 through 2015. It survived only one season as “The New Celebrity Apprentice” in 2017, when Trump moved to the White House and Arnold Schwarzenegger became the boss. “You’re Fired!” was Trump’s signature line on the show. It was the last thing losing contestants heard before they were booted from the program.
“If he had analyzed his response to the coronavirus, if that was part of the project the contestants had to do this week, he would have fired himself,” Quivers said.
Trump was a popular guest on Stern’s radio show before going into politics and the two still share a crossover fandom. To this day, the 66-year-old radio personality gets disapproving calls when he speaks negatively about the president’s job performance. Stern insists his grievances aren’t driven by ideology.
“You’ve got to take the blame — the response was poor,” Stern charged of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. “This is what it means to be a leader. You get blamed.”
Stern said Monday that two of his elderly friends had died from coronavirus and speculated they might still be alive if the nation had a leader more concerned with analytics than “the fun part of being president,” which includes hosting rallies and being treated like a VIP.
“It’s not fun to sit there in a room all day with health officials, people who have handled pandemics. That’s not fun," he said. “What’s fun is to go around the country to say, ‘Look how great I’m doing,’ and make up names for people who are your enemies, people who are other public servants. That’s fun ... that’s what entertainers do.”
The broadcasting giant said he had nothing personal against Trump and waxed poetically about when the two of them enjoyed a less complicated relationship. He suspects Trump longs for those days as well.
“I know Donald, I don’t hate Donald as a human being,” Stern insisted. “But he’s not into this. This ain’t his scene. Sitting and running the biggest government in the world is not his scene. He’s got to stop. I mean, Trump called Stormy Daniels a horse face on Twitter."
Daniels had likewise made fun of Trump’s physical appearance.
“Now that’s fun. That’s him having fun,” Stern said. "That’s what he’s good at. I like that. I’m all about it. But enough.”
Trump called the porn star, who claimed she slept with him in 2006, then was paid not to talk about it in 2016, a “horseface” after her defamation lawsuit against him was tossed out by a federal court.

“In his 70s, he was hanging out at Mar-a-Lago eating steak every night, I was there. I hung out with him. We had a great time, I had no problem with him then,” Stern said. “Donald is an entertainer. He did great on ‘The Apprentice.’ That show was nothing without him.”

Stern and Quivers continued their insistence that the 73-year-old president from Queens, which is where Stern was born, was out of his element in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1.62 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. Spain and Italy are the only other countries to have recorded more than 200,000 infections.

The president defends his handling of the pandemic, stating in March that he’d rate his response to coronavirus a “a ten.”

Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president and key member of the coronavirus task force, called the federal response to the pandemic a “a great success story” during a visit to Fox News last week, where he argued the number of American deaths is so far below what the administration had projected.

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