Donald Trump apparently has Roger Ailes’ back! After the former Fox News CEO was accused of sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly, Trump came to Roger’s defense by totally slamming the girls. See what he said about them right here!
Roger Ailes was forced to step down as Fox News’ CEO on July 21 after both current anchor Megyn Kelly, 45, and former host Gretchen Carlson, 50, came forward to accuse Ailes, 76, of sexual harassment — but Donald Trump wasn’t going to let the girls’ accusations slide. Once the 70-year-old Republican presidential nominee found out that his longtime friend Roger had been accused, he immediately snapped and insinuated that the women are ungrateful, adding that Roger is a “great guy.”
“Some of the women that are complaining,” Donald told Bloomberg Politics‘ Mark Halperin in an interview for the Showtime series The Circus, which airs July 24. “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.” He added, “Now, all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad – because he’s a very good person.”
Megyn and Gretchen, however, are alleging that Roger is far from a good guy despite what Trump says. Gretchen was the first to speak up when she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit, claiming that Ailes fired her after 11 years at the network because she refused to have a sexual relationship with him. Megyn’s claims of sexual harassment against Ailes came in a Fox News internal investigation. On top of all of this, 25 more women have since called Ailes out for sexual harassment, according to the Washington Post. Maybe it’s not surprising that Trump is standing up for the man in this situation since he has called women “bimbos,” “slobs,” and “pigs,” and even called Megyn a “highly overrated reporter” with a “second-rate” show.
Considering Donald’s “arch nemesis” is Megyn, of course it’s easy for him to rip on her when she’s accusing one of his close friends of such a serious matter. Although Donald didn’t directly call Megyn and Ashley nasty names, he certainly insinuated that they’re the ones in the wrong!
As for Roger’s post-Fox fate, there has been speculation that he could actually join Donald Trump’s campaign team. Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of parent network 21st Century Fox, will step in to Roger’s shoes in the meantime as the head of the Fox News network. The network is currently investigating the accusations, but it’s unclear if the results will be released to the public.
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