Howard Stern is tearing up the Supreme Court decision rejecting Roe v. Wade, saying the ruling could spur him on to make a bid for the White House.
“I’ll probably have to run for president now,” the SiriusXM host told “Howard Stern Show” listeners on Monday.
The show marked Stern’s first public comments on Friday’s Supreme Court decision, which overturned the landmark 1973 ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion.
Stern, who has long disliked the United States Electoral College system, said of conservative Supreme Court justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch: “These judges appointed by [former President] Trump was nominated by a president who lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. This is where we get into trouble.”
If he were to run for office, the 68-year-old radio professional said: ‘I’m going to do the very simple thing that will set the country right: one vote, one person. No more electoral college. I’m getting rid of it.”
“The problem with most presidents is that they have too big an agenda. The only agenda I would have is to make the country fair again,” Stern said.
Stern criticized Judge Clarence Thomas, who joined the 6-3 majority decision, describing him as “sitting there like Darth Vader, sleeping [and] waiting for other lunatics to join the Supreme Court.”
“I’ll give you a few examples of why this is so terrible,” Stern said, as he said “everyday women who go to the doctor and they find out that the baby has terrible birth defects.”
“Often women are raped. Contraception often does not work. And then there’s an even more confusing situation where a man and a woman want to have a baby, and all of a sudden things go wrong medically,” Stern later told a listener.
“We were all past this — and we still are. We as a country voted for Hillary Clinton by 3 million votes,” said Stern, who supported the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee over Trump.
“We voted for Biden because it was abhorrent – all this nonsense,” Stern continued. “But now we’re stuck for life.”
“The other thing is, if I run for president — and I’m not around, I’m really thinking about it — because all I’m going to do is appoint five more Supreme Court justices,” Stern said.
After co-host Robin Quivers wondered if Stern could make such a change, he replied with a small chuckle, “I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m doing exactly.”
“I’m not afraid to do it. As soon as I become president, you will have five new Supreme Court justices who will overthrow all this nonsense.”
Stern has propelled a potential presidential run before. Last year, the author of Howard Stern Comes Again said that if he faced Trump in 2024, he would “beat his ass up.” Trump has not yet confirmed a bid for 2024.
Stern competed as a libertarian in the New York governor’s race in 1994, before dropping out after the state Supreme Court upheld a requirement that he disclose his personal finances as a political candidate.