Roger Ailes Advising Donald Trump For Presidential Debates Is Not Going To Help Either Man’s Reputation
If there’s one thing Donald Trump’s floundering presidential campaign doesn’t need (and there’s definitely a lot more than one), it’s alleged sexual harasser Roger Ailes’ help. The former CEO of Fox News stepped down from the his role a few weeks ago after the company forced him out in the midst of a huge sexual harassment scandal, but The New York Times reports that now Ailes is advising Trump for the upcoming presidential debates. Um, OK. These two men are individually leading their own careers into the garbage, and joining forces can only make matters worse.
Ailes was initially sued by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson July 6 for allegedly sexually harassing her and subsequently firing her when she rejected his advances. Once the news of Carlson’s lawsuit broke, more women began claiming they had similarly been harassed by Ailes over the years. Then, New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported that Ailes used Fox money to spy on journalists he viewed as his enemies or who worried him for whatever reason in a “Black Room” on the 14th floor of the News Corp building. Needless to say, he doesn’t have the best reputation right now.
As far as Trump goes, he’s already created a major problem for himself by alienating female voters with his undeniably sexist comments, one-sided feuds with female reporters, and lack of awareness surrounding gender inequality. And now he’s bringing another old, rich, white dude who no one particularly likes and is accused of mistreating women into his campaign?
You don’t have to be a political expert to know this collaboration is a bad idea. If Trump cared at all about improving his reputation with women, he would bring in female advisers who could try teaching Trump how to not call women disgusting names and work on putting together a real agenda on women’s issues. Aligning himself with Ailes only further solidifies his position as the sexist candidate.
Trump has stood by Ailes since the allegations against him began, implying that the women accusing the media exec of harassment are lying by saying, “And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.”
Bringing Ailes in for “advice” is even worse than defending him. Don’t get me wrong, it says a lot about Trump’s character that he would stand by a man accused of treating women so horribly for decades and perpetuate the myth that women lie about sexual harassment and assault all the time (because it’s just, like, so fun), but getting advice from the alleged harasser takes it to a new level. I can only image Ailes is advising him on how to treat women even worse than the billionaire-turned-politician already does.
It’s not like this alliance will help Ailes’ reputation either. It seems like the ex-Fox CEO wants to get back in the game after having to resign from his longtime position, but attaching yourself to a presidential candidate who much of the country thinks is a joke and continuously digs himself into a deeper and deeper hole of shit isn’t the best move. Helping an equally disliked person won’t make people like you any more — it might make them like you less than they already do, if that’s possible.
It’s no surprise Trump is friends with Ailes, but they should each be smart enough to know what self-destruction looks like. But apparently that’s asking too much of them.