Howard Stern Running For President To Abolish Supreme Court?
Howard Stern is serious about running for President and he's got some thoughts on the Supreme Court and Electoral College.
Radio personality Howard Stern has announced he is “not f***ing around” as to the possibility of him running for President of the United States of America in the 2024 general election. Per Variety, Stern also said that his running for the highest executive office in the land was also contingent on twice-impeached former US President Donald Trump also running. Former President Trump has made it very clear on a number of occasions that he plans to run in 2024, so it may very well come to be that we find both Howard Stern and Donald Trump on the ballot in just a few years. To be specific, Howard Stern said that he wanted Trump to run because he “would beat his a**”
In a recent episode of The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, the radio personality went into his reasons for feeling compelled to run for president. Among them was the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the long-established case that made abortion legal on the federal level. He also felt that an issue with most recent presidents is that they have “too big” an agenda and that his only agenda “would [be] is to make the country fair again.” Interestingly, that sentiment is not entirely different from his potential rival former President Donald Trump’s own rallying slogan of “Make America Great Again,” in structure if not in sentiment.
Howard Stern also stated that two of his priorities as President of the United States of America would be to abolish the Electoral College and to appoint more Justices to the Supreme Court. As a quick refresher, the Electoral College is a group of Constituinally mandated electors who cast votes on behalf of states; the number of electors appointed by each state is determined by its number of Congressional representatives and districts, which puts it at odds with the concept of “one person, one vote.” Here is what Howard Stern had to say about it:
I am going to do the very simple thing that’ll set the country straight: One vote, one person, no more of this Electoral College, I’m getting rid of it. And then Robin said, ‘Well, can you do that as president?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know, let’s find out!
And on the subject of his prospective plans for the Supreme Court as US President, Howard Stern claimed that he would immediately appoint five additional Justices to the court. The Supreme Court does not have an established number of Justices under the Constitution, and Congress typically set it. The size of the court has changed over time but has been nine since 1869. In his one term as President, Donald Trump appointed three justices, creating a supermajority generally considered to be conservative and whose various hearing confirmation statements regarding Roe v. Wade are currently under much public examination. Here is Howard Stern again:
The other thing is, if I do run for president, and I’m not f**king around, I’m really thinking about it, because the only other thing I’m going to do is appoint five more Supreme Court justices,” Stern added. “I’m not afraid to do it. As soon as I become president, you’re gonna get five new Supreme Court justices that are going to overturn all this bulls**t.
It must be said that as little as a 7 years ago, the idea of a celebrity like Howard Stern running for President would be considered a joke or a publicity stunt. Howard Stern has previously run for office (and withdrew before the election) and has had a massive fan base for decades. The surprise victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election opened the door for the real possibility of entertainers to be regularly holding office, and there is a very real chance that Howard Stern could be voted into office if he chooses. See you in 2024, Howard!