Kevin Drum, writing for Mother Jones, threw up his hands at the news: “I know, I know, it’s Donald Trump. His dedication to sleaze is off the charts. But seriously, Roger Ailes? After reading about the stuff he did at Fox News for 20 full years, he ought to be shunned from polite society for the rest of his miserable life. Instead, Trump is hiring him as his media coach. Jesus.”

Already struggling with female voters due to his history of sexist and degrading comments, Trump’s overall poll numbers have nosedived in recent weeks. Though the unnamed sources who spoke to the Times indicated the Trump campaign sees the upcoming debates “as crucial to vaulting him back into strong contention for the presidency,” if the reaction to the news on social media is any indication, the hiring of Ailes may not have the intended results:

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