This is loathsome, even for Donald Trump—the Trump campaign has brought on former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes as an adviser in preparation for the upcoming presidential debates.
Roger Ailes was recently exposed as having sexually harassed women working at Fox News for years, including Gretchen Carlson, Andrea Tantaros, and Megyn Kelly. Ailes was forced to step down from his position at Fox after Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes and almost 20 women publicly came forward condemning him.
This is the man Trump apparently thinks would be best to advise him in not only a presidential debate, but the rest of his campaign.
The New York Times reports that Trump’s team believes “Mr. Ailes’s role could extend beyond the debates, which Mr. Trump’s advisers see as crucial to vaulting him back into strong contention for the presidency after a series of self-inflicted wounds that have eroded his standing in public opinion polls.”
To offer this position to a man who abused his power to sexually harass women is not only ethically repugnant, but also politically foolish.
If even conservative women working at Fox News are repudiating Ailes for the behavior he has demonstrated, it will not play out well with the American public, only plummeting Trump’s already dismal poll numbers.
Trump has made more than his fair share of misogynistic comments, insulting Hillary Clinton in a myriad of ways and insinuating that Kelly was menstruating while moderating a Republican debate.
The Trump campaign officially denies that Ailes is advising the billionaire: “He is not advising Mr. Trump or helping with debate prep. They are longtime friends but he has no formal or informal role in the campaign,” a spokesperson stated.
Considering what they told the Times, members of Trump’s team reportedly believe otherwise.
This news simply adds to Trump’s week of egregious gaffes—he gave a tone-deaf foreign policy speech, proposed an “ideology test” for Muslims, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was named in a Ukranian corruption investigation.
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