Roger Ailes is the former CEO of Fox News who left the corporation in disgrace after allegedly sexually harassing employees. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a known misogynist, saw the departure of Ailes as an opportunity to bring the sexual harasser over to his camp. Birds of a feather flock together.
The role of Ailes has been defined as Ailes’ advising Trump in preparation for the upcoming presidential debates with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. However, Ailes is likely whispering in Trump’s ear about a variety of others matters as well.
Trump’s campaign has denied the nefarious pairing between the propagandist and the failed faux-billionaire businessman. Hope Hicks, a spokesperson for Trump, denied Ailes had taken on any form of an advisory position. She said, “Mr. Ailes and Mr. Trump have been friends for many years. They speak occasionally, which isn’t news.” A lawyer for Ailes refused to comment on the matter entirely.
While representatives for both men are stonewalling about the subject of their pairing, it makes sense for Ailes to be working with Trump. Before Ailes was an overlord at Fox News he was a political consultant and worked closely with Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign. Ailes also coached Ronald Reagan in 1984, and then Vice President George H.W. Bush when he debated Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis.
What Ailes did for Nixon, in attempting to make him more personable to voters, is exactly the service he would be offering to Donald Trump. After repeated public disasters Trump is in need of all of the help with which he can muster, and Ailes joining the team is a strong sign Trump will be pulling out all of the stops to win the presidency in November.