The New York Times on Tuesday:

Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman ousted last month over charges of sexual harassment, is advising Donald J. Trump in preparation for the all-important presidential debates this fall.

That’s nice, isn’t it? Good opening? Major party candidate for the presidency signs up a guy who was fired because of multiple accusations of sexual harassment. That tells women what Trump thinks of us.

How many women have accused Roger Ailes of sexually harassing them? At least 20.

[A]fter former Fox host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes, at least 20 other women have contacted Carlson’s attorneys too. A handful of those women reached out as witnesses, but almost all of them said they had personally experienced harassment from Ailes — who has denied all allegations so far.

Right now it looks like “at least 20” may be a conservative estimate of the number of women who have stories to tell about Ailes, although it’s not clear just how conservative. In addition to the women who reached out to Carlson’s attorney, numerous women, including current and former Fox employees, have spoken out publicly about their stories. Some have used their real names, and others have shared their stories with reporters anonymously.

Of course, some of the women sharing their stories publicly may also be among the 20-plus women Carlson’s attorneys have heard from. On the other hand, at least a few probably aren’t: Carlson’s attorneys told the Guardian they saw stories published in the Daily Beast that didn’t resemble stories they’d already heard from the women who reached out to them.

And he’s Trump’s buddy, and helping him with his debating skills. Vote the rape ticket.

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