Bush credits his presidency to Roger Ailes

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After learning of Roger Ailes’ sudden passing Thursday, former President George H.W. Bush said he owes his presidency to the former Fox News CEO.

Bush paid tribute to Ailes, who previously served as a political consultant to him during his 1988 presidential campaign, with the following tweet:

“He wasn’t perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him,” Bush tweeted. “Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. RIP.”

According to Business Insider, an attack ad Ailes devised for the former president’s campaign had been widely credited with securing Bush’s victory.

Bush’s heartfelt sentiments stood out among a barrage of criticism over the former news head’s alleged sexual harassment of former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and several other female employees.

However, his words of praise were met with backlash from scores of outraged social media users.

The Fox News founder left his high-ranking position in July after reports surfaced of sexual harassment, though he vehemently denied the claims.

Ailes, 77, passed away Thursday morning in Palm Beach, Florida, after falling and hitting his head days earlier and suffered complications from his injuries. It has also been reported by multiple sources that he struggled with hemophilia, a rare blood disorder, throughout his life.

H/T: Washington Times

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