Trump ripped apart for saying he misses Fox's 'great' Roger Ailes: 'Another serial sexual predator'
Trump's comment came after Fox's Neil Cavuto warned viewers not to use hydroxychloroquine because 'it will kill you'
President Donald Trump, on Monday, May 18, was slammed by social media users for praising the Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, while denouncing "anti-Trump" Fox News.
The Republican added that he missed 'the great' Ailes, who had multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. Trump, on May 18, tweeted that Fox News was "no longer the same" after anchor Neil Cavuto warned viewers to not use hydroxychloroquine because it "will kill you". Cavuto made the statement after Trump revealed that he had been taking the controversial drug for over a week to prevent getting infected by coronavirus.
The president tweeted: "@foxnews is no longer the same. We miss the great Roger Ailes. You have more anti-Trump people, by far, than ever before. Looking for a new outlet!"
Ailes resigned from Fox News in July 2016 after charges of sexual harassment were made against him by dozens of women. The former network head died in May 2017.
Shortly after the Republican's tweet, his praise of Ailes drew heavy backlash from social media users as many of them noted that the former Fox News head died in disgrace after being accused of sexual harassment. Several others pointed the history of sexual harassment allegations against Trump himself.
"The 'great' Roger Ailes was credibly accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. He was fired by Rupert Murdoch and sons for his alleged behavior. He died in disgrace in 2017," Washington Post journalist Paul Farhi tweeted.
While another user wrote: "Tonight the president, who has been credibly accused of repeated instances of sexual assault spanning several decades, tweeted out praise of Roger Ailes, another serial sexual predator who used to run his favorite news network."
"Roger Ailes was fired from Fox for being a longtime serial sexual predator, that’s not including him being a conspiracy theorist and racist. There isn’t a decent person on earth who misses Roger Ailes or thinks of him as great. Those who miss him are exactly like him," a third added.
One user also shared a news article, pointing that Trump had defended Ailes in 2016 by calling his accusers liars. "Reminder Trump defended Roger Ailes after numerous women came forward to say he had sexually harassed and assaulted them. Trump even publicly smeared the women as liars," the user wrote.
The president's tweet was prompted by Cavuto, who is immunocompromised and suffers from MS, and had urged people to be cautious in taking the drug, warning that hydroxychloroquine had the potential to kill people who have certain underlying health conditions. The Fox News presenter, shortly after Trump's hydroxychloroquine remark, said: "That was stunning. The fact of the matter is though, when the president said 'what have you got to lose?', those certain vulnerable population has one thing to lose: their lives."
"If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus, or in a worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus and you are in this vulnerable population, it will kill you," he said.
"I cannot stress enough. This will kill you. So, again, whatever benefits the president says this has, and certainly it has had for those suffering from malaria, dealing with lupus, this is a leap that should not be taken casually by those watching from home or assuming, well the president of the United States says it's OK," he said.Cavuto's statement irked Trump because he religiously follows Fox News as the network has long been supportive of him and his administration.