Back in 2005, Donald Trump (the man who would become President of the United States of America in 2016), bragged about grabbing women by their genitalia. In 2016, he was elected President of the United States. Then, in 2017, Trump denied he ever said it. Thankfully, we have Billy Bush to set the record straight.
In case you've somehow managed to forget, Donald Trump was recorded talking about how he sometimes grabs women by the "p***y."
The tape was leaked just a few weeks prior to the 2016 election. At the time, Trump referred to the vulgar speech as “locker-room talk.” These days, when we’re inundated with stories of sexual harassment on an almost daily basis, that kind of comment might have ruined Trump’s chances of being elected. But while the tape continues to haunt Trump, it didn’t keep him out of the Oval Office.
Billy Bush was also on the bus with Donald Trump. He’s the other voice you hear on the tape. As a result of the leaked tape, Bush was fired from his job on the Today show. Trump was elected to the presidency.
It’s weird how life works out sometimes, right?
Although he originally owned up to (and halfheartedly apologized for) the disgusting comment, Trump has now denied that he ever said them in the first place.
According to the New York Times, Trump has apparently implied to both a senator and an adviser that it’s not his voice on the Access Hollywood tape.
So just to recap: Trump said a horrible thing about women, then sort of apologized for saying it, then claimed he actually had never said it in the first place.
But over the weekend, Billy Bush spoke out on the authenticity of the "grab 'em by the p***y" remark.
Bush published an op-ed in the New York Times titled simply: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That. He writes:
“He said it. ‘Grab ’em by the p***y.’
Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.
We now know better.”
"President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his," Bush wrote. "This has hit a raw nerve in me."
“I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention. This country is currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. Its leader is wantonly poking the bear.”
"This moment in American life is no doubt painful for many women."
“It is especially painful for the women who have come forward, at the risk of forever being linked to one event, this man, this president of the United States. (I still can’t believe I just wrote that.) To these women: I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump. You have my respect and admiration. You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change.”
On the one hand, it’s nice to see a man stick up for the women who Donald Trump mistreated (or threatened to mistreat). On the other hand…