In an unearthed interview from 1997, Donald Trump claimed he was a “brave soldier” for avoiding STDs during his single years in the late ’90s.
“It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it. I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world, it is a dangerous world out there. It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider,” Trump said in the interview when Howard Stern asked how he handled making sure he wasn’t contracting STDs from the women he was sleeping with.
The business-mogul-turned-politician elaborated on the fact in the interview, calling women’s vaginas “potential landmines” and saying “there’s some real danger there.”
Also appearing on Stern’s show in 1993, Trump bragged about his promiscuous lifestyle while single and stated that men who didn’t go to Vietnam didn’t need to feel guilty because dating during the AIDS epidemic in the ’80s was also dangerous.
“You know, if you’re young, and in this era, and if you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam — it’s called the dating game,” Trump said to Stern in a 1993 interview. “Dating is like being in Vietnam. You’re the equivalent of a soldier going over to Vietnam.”
The presidential candidate seems to have changed his mind, however, as he stated in a New Hampshire rally in late 2015 that he “always felt a little guilty” for not being drafted due to an existing foot problem.
Trump’s many appearances on Stern’s show have come under scrutiny ever since the beginning of his campaign. Often lewd and inappropriate, especially when it comes to women, the interviews seem to exhibit more of the crass talk seen in the 2005 leaked Access Hollywood video where Trump is heard bragging about grabbing women “by the p——” and that he can “do whatever” he wants to them because he’s a “star.”
The Republican candidate has dismissed these statements as “just words” and called them “locker-room talk” during the town hall presidential debate on Oct. 9 and denied ever sexually assaulting a woman.