After the news Tuesday morning that Trump is lagging Hillary Clinton by 14 points, you would think he would make his decisions more wisely. But alas, he isn’t.
Trump has decided to bring on former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned from the company in July after mounting allegations of sexual harassment, as an adviser for the upcoming presidential debates, The New York Times reports.
According to the Times, Ailes is helping Trump prepare for the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, which is scheduled for Sept. 26, which will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Ailes role in the campaign could extend past that first debate. It’s currently unclear whether Ailes, who is a former Republican strategist who helped prepare Ronald Reagan for the debate stage in 1984, will be paid for his work — or for how long he has been or will remain involved in Trump’s campaign. When Ailes resigned from Fox News in July, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said that Ailes would not join the campaign.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied the report.
“He is not advising Mr. Trump or helping with debate prep,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “They are longtime friends, but he has no formal or informal role in the campaign.”
Obviously, hiring a man who was fired from the network he founded sue to sexual harassment would not be a smart move for Trump, and would only further isolate him from the female vote…which he desperately needs.