Roger Ailes, ex-Fox News bigwig, has reportedly abandoned his good buddy Donald Trump just ahead of the third and final presidential debate because “advising him was a waste of time.”
Ailes had served as a trusted advisor to the GOP nominee and had also played a key role in his preparations for the presidential debates. But apparently, those days are over. According to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman and Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison, Ailes and Trump are no longer on speaking terms.
On Tuesday morning at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, Sherman said that for Ailes, the debate prep sessions had been the straw that broke the camel’s back, ending his work with the campaign and their longtime friendship.
Ailes’s camp said Ailes learned that Trump couldn’t focus — surprise, surprise — and that advising him was a waste of time These debate prep sessions weren’t going anywhere.
Not surprisingly, Trump tells a different story about his falling out with the former head of Fox News. Ellison reports that the Trump camp says they dropped Ailes because he was useless when it came to debate prep.
Even for the second debate, Ailes kept going off on tangents and talking about his war stories while he was supposed to be prepping Trump.
The two had been friends for years. Ailes joined Trump’s campaign when he was booted from Fox News after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment in July. Following her initial accusations, multiple other women involved with the network came forward with similar allegations against him.
Trump has been fighting his own similar battle ever since video surfaced of him bragging that he could sexually assault women whenever he pleased because of his celebrity status. He tried to brush off his “grab em by the pu**y” comment as nothing more than “locker room talk,” claiming at the second debate that he had never actually behaved in the way he described in the video. But in the wake of this bombshell Access Hollywood tape, at least 10 women have spoken out and are accusing Trump of doing exactly the kinds of things he boasted about.
Both Ailes and Trump have been accused of forcibly kissing and groping multiple women.
Considering the obvious ineffectiveness of his debate prep thus far and his already plummeting poll numbers, it isn’t likely that Ailes’ decision to drop Trump will have much of an impact on his campaign, However, it may effect Trump’s future aspirations of a Trump TV network, which is good news for all of us.
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