When Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly faced a series of accusations regarding his conduct toward women last spring, Trump, again, came to the man’s defense. “Personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled,” Trump said of a series of legal settlements agreed to by O’Reilly over the years. “Because you should have taken it all the way; I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” (O’Reilly was fired by Fox News.)
The prior year — in 2016 — Trump defended then-Fox News boss Roger Ailes. In an interview on “Meet the Press” in July, Trump said:
“I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them, and even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And, by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly.”
All of this, of course, comes back to Trump.