Donald Trump was ridiculed on social media on Tuesday after he appeared to call upon the help of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes who died in 2017.
During one of his daily rants on Twitter, the president criticised Fox News for hiring Donna Brazile, a Democrat who twice served as the interim chair of the DNC, as well as a former CNN contributor. Needless to say, she's not the sort of voice that you usually here on Fox News.
Replying to a tweet from the conservative author Brigitte Gabriel, calling for Brazile to be taken off the air, Trump almost seemed dumbfounded by her appointment, dragging up her history with Hillary Clinton and calling for assistance from Ailes.
Ailes joined Fox in 1996 and in 2005 was made the chairman of all of Fox's television stations having previously served as a media consultant for presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. However, his tenure at Fox ended in disgrace in 2016 after 23 women made sexual assault allegations against him. This story was the basis for the 2019 Oscar-nominated movie Bombshell.
Trump then went on to hire Ailes after he left Fox to help him during the 2016 presidential elections debates. Ailes, who had the medical condition haemophilia, then passed away in May 2017 after suffering a subdural hematoma which was brought on by his haemophilia.
Whether Trump was aware of this when he tweeted it is unclear, but people were more than happy to remind him that his former aide has now been dead for at least three years and no longer has any say in what happens at Fox News.
Roger Ailes was unavailable for comment. https://t.co/P0yzbarAJK https://t.co/nc3NaehLwX
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)
@realDonaldTrump @CNN @FoxNews Roger Ailes died three years ago. He was your friend. You really don’t know he’s dea… https://t.co/efh1Tw9OgH
In a rare instance of Trump actually replying to the ridicule he was receiving (which happens literally every day) Trump said that he knew that Ailes had been dead for three years and added that he 'missed' a man who has 23 sexual assault allegations against his name.
Trump getting confused, on social media? You don't say...