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Here’s What Trump Didn’t Want You To Know About The Billy Bush Interview

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Former Access Hollywood reporter Billy Bush, who spoke on camera with then-candidate for president Donald Trump during the infamous “Grab ’em by the p***y” tape, confirmed to the New York Times that it was indeed Trump who made those comments, and not an elaborate hoax meant to discredit him.

“Of course he said it,” Bush explained.

Bush penned the op-ed explaining the entire ordeal, which was published in the Times over the weekend. He also said that at the time the video was recording, back in 2005, that they thought Trump was doing a “schtick,” a sort-of improvised comedy routine, on the bus, which included seven other men, most of them on the technical side of the camera.

“We laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator…Surely, we thought, none of this was real,” Bush said. “We now know better.”

Why was Bush speaking out now? He said in his op-ed the reason for coming forward and speaking more openly about the video, which was released in October 2016 (just a month before Election Day), because he had read in the news that Trump was now denying the video was authentic, telling several individuals that he didn’t think that was his voice.

“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.”

As well it should: while both men should have been reprimanded for what happened on the tape, only one was — Bush was forced out from NBC shortly after it came to light. Trump, on the other hand, won an Electoral College victory, though he lost the popular vote for the presidency, and went on to become commander-in-chief, despite a plethora of allegations of sexual abuse against him.

Bush tried to conclude his op-ed by reflecting on his admiration for the people hurt most by Trump’s recent lies about the tape: his victims.

“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,” Bush wrote. He added:

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.

Bush’s words confirm what the president said about women he found attractive. While at the time he thought it was simply celebrity banter, it’s now clear that Bush views Trump’s language as wrong. He should have spoke up then, but it’s good that he’s speaking up now, when the president is clearly lying to lawmakers and other political allies about whether he was on the tape or not.

Bush merely says what we all know to be true: that it was clearly Trump on those tapes. Bush is a witness to it, and it’s good to see that, at least this time, he won’t let Trump off the hook for what he said.


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