Women Leaders Urge Trump to Dump Roger Ailes; Say Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Disqualify Him as Adviser
For Immediate Release: Sept. 21, 2016
TOLEDO – With Donald Trump scheduled to visit Cleveland and Toledo today, women leaders across Ohio demanded that the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump end its affiliation with serial sexual harasser Roger Ailes.
“It’s no surprise that a man like Trump, who unapologetically calls women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs’, would seek advice from an unapologetic predator like Roger Ailes,’’ said Toledo resident and Ohio NOW President Anita Rios. “But it is surprising that Mr. Trump has not received more condemnation for it.’’
Despite mounting evidence of Ailes’ predatory ways, Trump enlisted his help preparing for the upcoming presidential debates, according to the New York Times. Trump and his campaign have refused to say what the former Fox News chief is doing for the campaign.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said Ailes’ vile pattern of sexual harassment should disqualify him as a presidential adviser, and Trump’s association with Ailes should disqualify him from marketing himself as a law and order candidate. “With Roger Ailes on his team, Trump is the Law and Order SVU candidate,’’ she said.
Despite Trump’s ever-shifting policies, the one constant in his life is unabashed sexism, said State Rep. Teresa Fedor, who chairs the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus. “Whether he is insulting women, pledging to defund Planned Parenthood or promising to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, a Trump presidency would be a national tragedy for women.’’
According to State Rep. Janine Boyd of Cleveland Heights, “Donald Trump is suddenly trying to court women at the same time he gets advice from a noted sexual harasser on how to defeat the woman running against him. His new policy proposals are as pitiful as his campaign.’’
She pointed out that Trump’s maternity leave plan would be run through the unemployment insurance program, so women might have to quit their jobs to qualify for benefits. And the plan only applies to mothers — not fathers, same-sex partners or potentially adoptive parents. Women already face a significant motherhood penalty, Boyd said, and mandating maternity leave can further depress women’s wages – especially among employers who see the hiring of women as a costly investment.
Sandy Theis, Executive Director of ProgressOhio, praised Ohio University students for responding to the sexual harassment lawsuits by leading a successful effort to have Ailes’ name removed from the university’s radio and TV building.
“The students’ petition called Ailes ‘a national symbol of sexual abuse.’ Donald Trump should follow OU’s lead and banish him,’’ Theis said.
Sexual harassment claims against Ailes mushroomed ever since a July 6 complaint against him was filed by former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson. While Ailes continues to maintain his innocence, Fox paid $20 million to Carlson to settle the lawsuit after learning that she audiotaped his unwanted advances for nearly a year.
Carlson is not alone. Her lawsuit inspired other women to step forward to accuse him of sexually related misconduct ranging from unwanted groping to decades of “psychological torture.”
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Anita Rios, Ohio NOW President