Sarah Palin was creeped out enough by Fox News' Roger Ailes that she once turned 'white as a ghost'

This feels a little like defending an evil serial-killer clown from a raging, sulfurous hellmouth demon who tries to steal his balloons, but here goes: Sarah Palin didn’t deserve this. And Roger Ailes (may he wallow in peace) is still, with apologies to Arnold Ziffel, a gross pig.

Ailes, who was famously bounced from his thingmaker role at Fox News following a raft of sexual harassment allegations against him, plays a significant role in New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters’ new book Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted. And one of the book’s revelations is that former conservative media darling Sarah Palin—who, during the 2000s and 2010s, served as a sort of John the Baptist to Donald Trump’s Cheddar Cheesus—was super creeped out by the perpetually inappropriate Ailes.

Peters also writes that, for his part, Ailes “expressed concern” about some of the seven-layer banana nut casseroles Palin was serving up in public. And this tension between them, the author notes, would eventually “help open the door” for Trump.

  • February 8, 2022
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