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Even Roger Ailes Has Beef with Trump Now

The former head of Fox News and longtime friend of Donald Trump is reportedly no longer speaking to the Republican nominee.

by Lauren Messman
Oct 19 2016, 8:10pm

Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tobey via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Sgt. Christopher Tobey via Wikimedia Commons

At this point, Donald Trump has successfully insulted just about every person, place, and thing that he's come in close contact with—women, Muslims, Mexicans, Republicans, environmentalists, journalists, the Emmys, wind turbines, conservatives, and now apparently even his former advisor, Roger Ailes.

After Ailes was forced out at Fox News due to sexual harassment complaints, he was rumored to have joined Team Trump as the Republican candidate's new debate coach—a match made in creepy, rich old white guy heaven. But according to Vanity Fair, the two Republican bigwigs are no longer speaking.

"Ailes's camp said Ailes learned that Trump couldn't focus—surprise, surprise—and that advising him was a waste of time," New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman said at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit Wednesday. "These debate prep sessions weren't going anywhere."

Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison said that the Trump campaign told a different story. Ellison's sources claimed that Ailes would go off on war story tangents while trying to train Trump, which led to the fallout.

Whatever the reason, Ailes isn't likely to help with Trump's rumored television corporation now—though he couldn't have worked there officially anyway thanks to that non-complete clause with Fox News.

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