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What Do President Trump, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly Have in Common?

Updated on April 8, 2017
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MY ESOTERIC likes to think of himself as a bit of a polymath with degrees in Statistics, Accounting, Computer Science, & Operations Research

They are All Conservative ...

... And accused or convicted of sexual predation, harrasment, or jaw-dropping bigotry.. In my 70 years on this earth, on too frequent a basis, I have seen men of power, fame, and wealth make the headlines because they have been accused of sexual predation in one form or another, including harrassment, and public sexual bigotry. While they have been of all political stripes, it finally dawned on me they were heavily weighted toward the more conservative side. I want to explore who these people are.


The Donald Trump Hot Mic Episode

Howard Stern Asks The Donald If He Is a Sexual Predator

President Donald Trump

DURING DONALD TRUMP'S RUN to be President in 2017, many sex scandals dogged his heals throughout the campaign. He has been accused of sexual assault, being a sexual predator (to which he told Howard Stern in 2006 that he was), sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. This didn't start with his presidential aspirations but much earlier in his life; at least 35 years ago, if not earlier.

Most of the allegations came out over the course of the campaign, including eight women who came forward to accuse Donald Trump of, at a minimum, harassing them to actual sexual assault and battery. One of the earliest was a 1997 lawsuit by Jill Harth Houraney for sexual assault in 1993, The most recent being a defamation suit against Trump, on January 17, 2017, by Summer Zervos, for claiming that she had lied in her public sexual assault allegations against him.

The most infamous evidence of his sexual predilections is the hot-mic tape of Donald Trump expressing his vulgar opinions about women on Access Hollywood in 2005. The transcript of his words is here. Adjacent are YouTube clips of both the Access Hollywood episode as well as his comments with Howard Stern.

The most surprising finding out of all of this is not that Trump has serious issues regarding sex and women, but that so many of the far-Right simply didn't care; they were not offended by-and-large and took the attitude "boys will be boys". SAD!!

Political Sex Scandals and You

How upset do you get upon learning politically active personalities are involved in Sex Scandals of the sort Trump, AIles, and O'Reilly face?

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Bill O'Reilly


Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Commentator

BILL O'REILLY, the star of Fox's most popular political show The O'Reilly Factor, stands in the center of a sex scandal of the type that got the CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, fired. As of this writing, O'Reilly has not been fired but at least 60 ad sponsors have pulled their ads from his show (albeit, placed them with other Fox shows). What finally came to light is that O'Reilly and/or Fox settled at least five sexual harassment lawsuits which were settled out of court over the years for a cool $13 million.

These women allege O'Reilly is guilty of soliciting sex against their wishes. The modus operandi has been around ever since men started having women as employees. In O'Reilly's case, so the story goes (and which he denies, of course), is he would see a new female hire he likes and mentor her. Then he begins asking for sexual favors and if she agrees, he moves her up the Fox hierarchy. But, if she doesn't, he retaliates and hurts her chances for advancement.

At this point in time, the story is still emerging.

Roger Ailes


Roger Ailes, Fox News CEO

ROGER AILES made Fox News what it is today, but after stories of sexual harassment came to light, Fox reluctantly fired him. His malfeasance is similar to Bill O'Reilly's ... attempting to have sex with female employees using the threat of their career as leverage.

This story gained prominence when superstar from Fox and Friends, Gretchen Carlson, filed a lawsuit in 2016 accusing her boss Roger Ailes of retaliation for her refusing his sexual advances. During the course of this affair, several more women came forward saying the same thing; the most notable among them was super-super star Megan Kelly.

Since Ailes was sort of on the outs with Fox owners, the Murdochs, the rest his history and Fox cut its ties with him. For a complete story, read this.

Speaker Dennis Hastert


Speaker Dennis Hastert

DENNIS HASTERT, a very conservative evangelical Christian, was a career politician who made his way up the ranks to become a conservative Speaker of the House. He replaced Speaker Newt Gingrich1, who resigned due to serious ethics violations, in 1999. It was after leaving the House in 2007, that his troubles began.

In 2006, Hastert was accused of molesting boys when he was a high school teacher. He denied it and it never went anywhere ... until 2015. It was then when he was indicted for lying to the FBI and for illicitly "structuring" financial transactions. Hastert's transactions were an attempt to hide the fact that he promised one of those he abused $3.5 million to keep quiet. He managed to pay out $1.7 million before being caught. Other boys, now men, have come forward as well.

The FBI reopened the sexual abuse case against conservative Representative Mark Foley congressional page scandal and the facts surrounding Hastert's lack of action to do anything about his sexual relations with the pages.


1. About the time of his resignation it came out that he had a couple affairs. These will be discussed later.

Herman Cain


Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather's Pizza

HERMAN CAIN is a CEO of Godfather's Pizza, conservative radio host and syndicated columnist, Tea Party, head of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), and presidential candidate in the 2012 Republican primaries (he led the field for a short while). It was accusations of sexual harassment and a long-term affair that brought him low.

In late October 2011, Cain was accused by two women of sexual harassment and misconduct during his time as CEO of the NRA in the late 1990s. A short time later, two additional women made similar accusations. The accusations went away when they were settled out of court by the association. What finally did Cain in was a November 28, 2011 assertion by Ginger White that she has had a 13 year affair with the married Republican contender. Herman Cain denied all of the accusations but nevertheless dropped out of the race.

1. The following examples are from Ranker

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      23 months ago

      I was thinking what do Bill Cosby and Trump have in common but your story works.

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      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Eso......I taught the Myers-Briggs course to entry-level staff. FYI, you can be as big a fan of M-B-P as you choose, but always keep in mind, it's gauging is based on "rule of thumb." 4 other fingers are required to complete a hand.

      Furthermore, I'm afraid I'm not clear on why you injected your comment on M-B-P, with regard to the topic we've been discussing. I am keenly aware of the data on female cheaters. No where in your thread have women been mentioned. However your statement is duly noted.

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      Scott Belford 

      23 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I am a big fan of Myers-Briggs Personality Types. Studies show that Sensor-Judgers are the most common traits among sexual offenders while Introverted-Sensors are identified with batterers. Cheaters, on the other hand, are more often Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceivers than other combinations.

      BTW, studies show that between 26 - 50% of men and 21 - 38% of women cheat.

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      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL...Everyone gets snarky with Brad, He begs for it. I simply try to avoid commenting to Brad's questions.

      I also like to avoid the need for apologies, so I am constant about saying what I mean and meaning what I say. If I snap back at someone, I have a damned good reason & if that person is offended, it is their problem and theirs alone. They may then avoid me if they choose. I'm not a people-pleaser, nor a Liar/phony ( in other words, I'm not a politician) and I have no need to merely collect friends or fans.....I'm overwhelmed with the boatload I have.)

      I certainly understand the defining line you describe between a generic cheater & a sexual predator. As logical as this may be, I don't feel it's my place to split hairs in these circumstances. Even the less-than-vile "cheaters" are abusing women, namely their wives, while making a mockery of the marriage their wives are clueless about.

      Realistically, I'm happy to say I wasn't an eye-witness (Thank Heaven) to any of the dirty little secrets of our corrupt politicians, so I have no right to make those judgement calls between the 2 lovely types of dogs in heat. IMHO, it is what it is and I would still maintain a man's personal habits & activities should not and do not enter into my opinions of their duty-responsibility-qualifications to perform their jobs....whatever that job may be. (My Attorney is a snake in the grass, but he does extremely well by me & my legal needs.) I think the way I think, as you do, I'm sure. Have no need to apologize for this nor to change. I'm quite happy, comfortable and successful as myself. Look forward to your take on the likes of John Edwards, poor schmuck. In the eyes of Wives everywhere, he's a very special kind of sleaze, with a wife dying of cancer as he makes a baby with Rielle.....and convinces an associate to pose as the scumbag. How special. Is that one of those "affairs" that isn't as bad as the predators?? I sure as HELL hope not! Three cheers to Elizabeth who used her last breaths to look the bastard in the eye and make it known she did NOT forgive him.

      The true bottom line for me, esoteric, IS......I have little if any respect for the American Politician, male female or otherwise. I place no undying faith nor hope in a one of them, unless and until they show cause. It is crystal clear to me they will & do LIE, cheat, steal, LIE, manipulate, grand stand, play games, betray, LIE &embrace greed. Did I mention they all lie? It is the nature of the beast....a sad & disturbing reality. If I didn't love our country so much, I'd completely ignore the whole lot of the corrupt bastards.....but they NEED to be watched at all times!!

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      Scott Belford 

      23 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Paula, If I came across as you say, then I apologize for that ... that is rarely me. I do correct facts, however, and I do challenge opinions with fact and what I hope is sound logic. But, rarely, do I ever demean people; when I do, it is only in retaliation for many cases, unchallenged, of being on the receiving end. (I did get snarky with Brad, but we have a long history.)

      Back to the comments.

      I have debated with myself on whether to include affairs as the kind of sexual predation I am writing about. My conclusion is no, although I will mention it if it is part of a package, e.g., Gingrich. The reason is that affairs are ubiquitous while sexual predation is not. Studies show that both men and women step out on their spouse, although men take the lion's share. (It doesn't excuse it since humans have the ability suppress their urges, but there are biological reasons that men are not monogamous.)

      The difference between affairs and sexual predation is that affairs are common and not particularly exclusive to men or certain personality types, while sexual predation is. By the time I have finished with the Democrats, this should become evident.

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      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You did not say those words, Esoteric.....that is my translation of the way you responded to me. I don't appreciate being told what I am and what I think, anymore than you would or most others. But you did exactly that. If I have to find the hub, I can do that. It's one of your hubs. We went back & forth a bit and you insisted you knew me better than I do....kept correcting me.. So, while you didn't use the words I used...I got the direct is in fact not 180 degrees from your character to be bully-ish. I'll tell you my character is not one that tolerates anyone speaking down to me. So, basically I went into my bitch mode & that's where I stay until I feel I am able to lower my defenses.

      No apologies from me. I am NOT however in any way, a disgusting stupid, loud mouthed NASTY woman like the rag Madonna or Ashley Judd who shames all women as they're blowing up the White house and making total asses of themselves on a public stage. They are disgraces to my gender. Their maturity level together, doesn't total one full grown woman.

      As for someone writing on the scandals~morally bankrupt issues of politicians.....Reps & Dems.....I wouldn't take any article seriously unless it was written by a 100% Pure Independent who has voted R & D throughout the years. Would you trust a far right winger to be fair, balanced & completely impartial on Conservatives? Or your Liberal group to tell all the truth and nothing but the truth? Kind of like the Attorney General Loretta Lynch? Yes, she fell on her own sword to attempt to cover for her corrupt Clintons. Or Lois Lerner who had to leave in disgrace for her fiasco in front of Congress? I simply cannot wait to see your "comparisons."

      Bill Clinton disgusted me, but I voted for him TWICE because I wasn't judging his personal, unfortunate choices nor judging his allegiance to his marriage vows. I was voting for a President of my Country. I flatly refuse to be a blind, mindless Party Loyalist!! I vote for individual human beings on what I BELIEVE are their qualifications to do the best for America. It's that friggan simple for me. Period the end.

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      Scott Belford 

      23 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Paula, I will be moving on to Democrats later and then drawing a comparison.

      Also, when did I say ""I'LL be the one who tells you who & what you are, lady," ? That is 180 degrees from my character.

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      Scott Belford 

      23 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Brad, your view that "You went back twelve years to make a slur against Donal Trump even though it amounted to nothing but guy talk. " is the problem ... it shows a state of mind that has never been OK, and is indicative of extremely low moral and ethical character.

      Since that is your baseline, everything else you write is a colored by that a false perception of right and wrong.

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      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      brad....A writer has the right and freedom to write on any topic they choose. I suppose some right wing fanatic could write a hub on all the lily white Democrats who have have had their own scandals or as they say have been "caught with their knickers down." I'd not be one to write that hub. I haven't the time nor the interest on who's doing whom, why when and where. Let me repeat myself...Who cares?

      With the incredibly long list of politicians on BOTH sides and other high profile individuals, it would be a book...not an article.

      Just the Dems alone....Oops! did we did we forget about pretty boy John Edwards? Ted Kennedy, Daniel Inouye, John Young, Wayne Hays, Gerry Studd~ Studd?! LOL....Mel Reynolds, Gus Savage, Brock Adams, good ole Barney Frank,...oh there's more, but so what? The Republicans are the ones who are currently under the gun. I'm just curious how anyone has the NERVE to even bring this up? The Stones & the Glass Houses......good name for a rock group & that's about it. Yep! Takes a huge pair to throw these stones!

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      Brad Masters 

      23 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      This is such a ridiculous premise for a hub. It totally removes the American concept of Innocent until Proven Guilty. Accusations are no more than mere opinions. And the modern day courts have allowed too many frivolous law suits to get the credibility of becoming a law suit.

      You went back twelve years to make a slur against Donal Trump even though it amounted to nothing but guy talk. It was not a public statement but a political slur by NBC that kept it for 12 years, and leaked it to politically try to sabotage Trump's presidential campaign.

      I don't know and I don't care about Ailes or O'Reilly. They are private citizens, and I wonder why you didn't include Bill Cosby. I don't like Ailes or O'Reilly, and I don't follow Cosby.

      Now, when a sitting president has sex in the oval office to a very young woman that is no longer an opinion. Bill Clinton has had allegations of sexual abuse for 30 years, and he was impeached as president.

      This was an act that had his dna evidence, so it jumped the simple allegation to factual evidence.

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      23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Esoteric....The last (and I think, only?) other time I replied to any of your work, I believed I was stating my opinions, stance, ideals and thoughts on the topic. Of course I was and I did. However, you took issue with nearly everything I stated, corrected my verbiage & "helped" me to realize I really, in short, didn't know what I was talking about and was quite simply w-r-o-n-g. That regardless of what I "thought," and how I expressed my political stance, you knew I was not what I know myself to be. Amusing to say the least.

      Since I'm a highly intelligent, well-spoken (especially my written-word) open-minded, self-motivated and independent thinker, I left your site smiling at your apparent self-righteous, mightier-than-thou~~"I'LL be the one who tells you who & what you are, lady," laughable attitude. Unimpressed was I.

      I'll put much effort into doing a much better job at stating what I see as common traits~behaviors~attitudes & activities of these men you have highlighted. I hope it's safe to assume since you have chosen politicians & businessmen, all of a high-profile status, I may confine my response to what they have in common as strictly MEN without titles or labels.

      We're on fairly equal footing esoteric, despite our gender difference. I am directly behind you in your 70 years on this planet. While your life's work & interests may have given you more political savvy than I, if I'm not mistaken, you have not had a 40 year career as a behavioral scientist, specifically analysis.

      The individuals you highlight need only be men and they are. That said, we could allow Theresa Caputto, The Long Island Medium (charlatan extraordinaire) to channel her Aunt Tilly to tell us very accurately, what they have in common.

      These particular men happen to be wealthy. Of course this wealth plays a part in the big picture, but much less than what I think you believe.

      Many men~most men~the majority of the male species~ 92%, damn it, of men from around the entire world....when it comes to their sexual urges, needs, desires, fantasies.....are Dogs. Woof woof. Dogs, if you will, IN HEAT.

      Is this bad? We'll get to that.

      It is natural....gender/DNA driven....stronger than a locomotive, more powerful than a nuclear blast, bigger than the universe & impenetrable by any force known to man or god. Oh please, eso....I would love it if you argued this. LOL.....I would love it. and I'm ready for you.

      Logically, what varies in these men is a long list of many features, upbringing, parentage, family life, environment, education, social and/or religious experiences.....etc. After a careful look at all that, we go back to gender. They're all men.

      They don't have the issues, scandals, problems, misogyny, law suits, accusations.....and where shall I stop?....because they are black, white or other color, rich, poor or middle class, REPUBLICAN, democrat or Theocratic, young, old, middle-aged, CONSERVATIVE, liberal or apolitical .....All can easily get my point here. I seriously hope you weren't suggesting these women haters in your hub are so because they're republicans? Does the name Bill Clinton, Supreme Pig, ring a subtle bell? JFK? I don't have time for the list. More importantly, it's not my interest to keep track of these sexual predators. I'm sure it's all within a google search if one has the time and the interest. I don't, I just know the numbers are HIGH on both sides.

      Finally, I'll leave you with a little something to think about. If you discover tomorrow that the dozens of men in your life have done some of the same things the men in this article have done, what will be your action?

      Your Dr? Would you no longer trust him with your health? Same with your dentist. What about your barber? Mechanic? Do you think your mechanic can still fix your car even though he sexually harasses women? Would you find replacements for all these people and more??

      I answered your poll "Who Cares?".....and anyone who believes Bill Clinton was a stellar President, MUST answer that way....or they're simply frauds. Does it bother us? Of course. And just what the hell does that "bothering" us have to do with which immoral man, which sexual predator, which misogynist, which LIAR, is holding political office in our country?? Are YOU going to halt this? Can YOU filter every single one of them out of their positions? Will you single-handedly clean up the corruption, arrest and charge all the men running around humping, grabbing and salivating for any and every woman they come near?? Go for it. Best of luck. Let us know how that works out..........

      What those men have in common is ~~They're men.

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      Larry Rankin 

      23 months ago from Oklahoma

      In answer to your question about sex scandals: it depends. If I feel like a sexual assault has occurred, that bothers me far more than a mistress, though either practice is distasteful.

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      Maryam Rehman 

      23 months ago from Pakistan

      What I meant was they all are mentally ill.. only one better at being ill than another..

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      Scott Belford 

      23 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I would have to agree Jay. But it does seem to run with certain personality types, those who gravitate to positions of power.

      Not sure what you meant Maryam, and thank you for replying from so far away.

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      Maryam Rehman 

      23 months ago from Pakistan

      They are just Comparative and Superlative degrees of each other.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      23 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I suggest they have a form of mental illness. We need to issue a Mental Health Warrant and have them analyzed.


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