Taking sides

Trump supports Roger Ailes, says he “helped” the women he’s accused of sexually harassing

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on June 22, 2016. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

When asked about former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes’ resignation amidst a sexual harassment lawsuit and a slew of similar allegations, Donald Trump defended the media titan, saying he’d “helped those women.”

In an appearance on Meet the Press, Trump said he felt “very badly” for the “talented” Ailes. “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining … when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him…And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him,” Trump also shared.

Ailes is being sued by former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson for sexual harassment. Since she brought her suit, at least 20 other women have spoken out with similar accusations against Ailes, who stepped down from his post at Fox last week.

The Daily Beast’s Dean Obeidallah points out that this is far from the first time Trump has mounted such a defense and brushed aside the women making accusations. He notes Trump’s similar responses around Mike Tyson’s rape conviction in 1992 and even his defense of Bill Clinton when the president faced allegations of sexual misconduct in the 1990s. In that case, Trump also derided the personal appearance of one of the women involved: “Linda Tripp may be one of the most unattractive human beings I’ve ever seen—not women, human beings.”

Read the full story at the Daily Beast.

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