Controversial Former Talk Show Host From Ohio Talks Up Hillary Clinton At DNC

Jul 28, 2016

There’s plenty of star power at the Democratic National Committee in Philadelphia this week. And among those famous faces is a somewhat infamous one from Ohio who’s been quietly chatting with convention-goers. He's the former mayor of Cincinnati – who most people know from his infamous nationally syndicated talk show.

Jerry Springer is hanging out in the Microsoft booth in the arena, talking to people who sit down next to him. He stays here to avoid those who seek out selfies because of his controversial talk show. “The show is stupid," Springer said. "But I’ve never thought in the 26 years that we’ve been doing it that there ever was someone on my show that should be president of the United States. And neither should Donald Trump.”

Springer, who’s expressed an interest in statewide elected office before, says at 72, he’s too old to run. But he says he’s using his notoriety to campaign for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump. “Donald Trump wants to replace the symbol of America – the Statue of Liberty – with a wall, the most un-American thing I can possibly think of.”

Springer says he worked with Trump, who’s been nothing but nice to him, but says he finds Trump’s campaign offensive.               

Springer now hosts "The Jerry Springer Podcast" once a week from a coffeeshop in suburban Cincinnati, just over the border in Kentucky.