YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Longtime talk show host Jerry Springer shared his passion for politics and thoughts on the upcoming election while he was in Youngstown Wednesday.
Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor, says even though his job is show business, his passion has always been politics.
“This is a very serious election coming up,” he said. “It’s really about the future of the country. It’s singularly the most important election in my lifetime, by far.”
Springer says that Trump has no business running for president.
“He’s never been a township trustee. You can’t, as your first political job, ever say, ‘Gee, I’d like to be President of the United States, leader of the free world.'”
The talk show host is an immigrant whose parents escaped as refugees from Nazi Germany.
“I came over when I was five, but my parents were Holocaust survivors. My family, most of them, were wiped out in the camps. So coming to America, the Statue of Liberty, really meant something to us.”
Springer is opposed to what he sees as hate speech from Republican Donald Trump.
“They used to say this about the Italians and then they used to say this about the Irish. So we can’t sit by when any religious or ethnic group is being discriminated against or is being ripped on,” he said. “That’s not what America’s about. We’re a welcoming nation.”
He sees America as a place where everyone, regardless of who they are, can be free.
“That’s America. Not a wall.”
In talking about his 26 years on “The Jerry Springer Show,” he says he realizes that the show is about dysfunctional behavior, so that’s what he expects to see every day. Springer says that’s what makes it interesting.