By Marina Troy
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come to the defense of former FOX News CEO Roger Ailes who was recently forced to resign in a sex scandal.
“I don’t think what he did was that bad,” said Trump at a campaign stop. “All he did is tell a few broads they had nice asses. How bad can that be? He was complimenting them.”
Trump also defended Ailes during an appearance on “Meet the Press.” Trump blamed the accusers.
“But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time,” said Trump, “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. And now all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about him.”
Although Trump might downplay the accusations against Ailes, they were serious enough for the Murdoch family, who owns FOX News, to let him go. Last week Ailes resigned from his position with a $40 million golden parachute. At least 25 women have come forward after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed sexual harassment charges against Ailes.
News reports Ailes say presided over a media company that demanded women have sex in exchange for raises and where women frequently had to endure sexual comments about their bodies. According to the New York Times, FOX News executives regularly tried to set up female staffers on dates with male coworkers. Like Carlson, the women were fired if they complained about the behavior.