At this point, people are used to odd remarks from Donald Trump about his daughter Ivanka. They're also getting accustomed to the Republican nominee defending Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chief who is accused of sexually harassing many of his female employees. But now, Trump is seemingly doing both at the same time.
"I would like to think [Ivanka] would find another career or find another company if that was the case," Donald Trump told USA Today this week, when asked how he would feel about his own daughter being harassed in the way Ailes allegedly treated women at Fox.
Reactions to Trump's answer, that his daughter should "find another career" if she were sexually harassed, were mixed. His son Eric jumped in to clarify the next day: "Perhaps a better answer would be drawing it to the attention of Human Resources and other things that we can do with regard to sexual harassment in the workplace." But he still ended up echoing his father's remarks that Ivanka wouldn't "allow herself to be subjected" to that.
Megyn Kelly, who reportedly told investigators that Ailes had made advances on her, responded on Twitter with a "sigh." Gretchen Carlson, who kicked off Fox's investigation into Ailes after she filed a sexual harassment suit against him last month, was similarly unimpressed.
"Sad in 2016 we're still victim blaming women," she tweeted. "Trust me I'm strong."
Ailes is accused by dozens of women of a decades-long campaign of sexual harassment achieved through professional and emotional blackmail. One former Fox booker told New York magazine that she was made to denigrate herself at Ailes' feet in order to keep her job. Ailes reportedly paid her a $3.15 million settlement in 2011.
"It's very sad," Trump said. "Because he's a very good person. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person."
Those comments have fueled rumors that Ailes, who has taken a consulting role at Fox now that he's stepped down as CEO and chairman, could join Trump's campaign. Ailes has previously wielded his immense power and influence in the media to electioneer from behind the scenes, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't enjoy pulling the strings of a presidential campaign.
"I want to elect the next president," Ailes reportedly told his lieutenants in 2012, according to Foxologist Gabriel Sherman.
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