Jerry Springer thinks the GOP primary has gone too far. Yes, that Jerry Springer, one of the earliest and most notorious purveyors of the shock-bait, sensationalist reality TV that has come to set the tonic note for our media and cultural landscape.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Tuesday morning, the onetime host of the ribald eponymous talk show, where fights frequently broke out, said that the behavior demonstrated at the GOP debates was “disgraceful.”
“When I first started watching the Republican debates I said that, you know, if they’re going to do my show, they should start paying me,” Springer said. “It’s one thing to have a television show like that, but that’s not how you run a country.”
Springer is also a native of the crucial state of Ohio, which goes to the polls Tuesday, and was once the mayor of Cincinnati. Springer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said that Democrats and Independents troubled by Trump’s ascendance were potentially going to take advantage of the Buckeye State’s open primary to vote against Trump in the GOP race, which could cost Clinton in the Democratic primary. Although he had nothing negative to say about Bernie Sanders, he said the Vermont senator was likely lose a general election.
Asked to weigh in on a Trump vs. Clinton race, Springer averred that “there is absolutely no way that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States.” He concluded:
America is not gonna vote for that man to have his finger on the button. I mean, the television show is over. When you’re talking about president of the United States, the leader of the free world, having to deal with all these other countries, having to get the support of a lot of Islamic nations in fighting terrorism, we can’t have someone like Donald Trump. This is not a joke. This is our country. The symbol of our country is the Statue of Liberty. Not a wall.
Check out the video above, courtesy of MSNBC.
[h/t The Hill]
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