There was a time in American politics when a candidate claiming they could commit sexual assault whenever they wanted would disqualify them for office in the eyes of American voters. And there was the 2016 Presidential Election.
Some how, some way, popular vote loser Donald Trump won the White House in spite of the now infamous “grab ’em by the p****” interview with Billy Bush for ‘Access Hollywood’ over a decade before surfacing a couple of months before the election.
We know it’s Donald Trump on that tape. Donald Trump knows it’s Donald Trump on that tape. But recently, news has surfaced that Trump has been reportedly telling staffers and associates for months that the tape is a forgery and that isn’t his voice on there.
Billy Bush, who was there with him, is calling bullshit on Trump for those claims in an op-ed for The New York Times:
Bill Bush writes:
“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. 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.
In 2005, I was in my first full year as a co-anchor of the show “Access Hollywood” on NBC. Mr. Trump, then on “The Apprentice,” was the network’s biggest star.
The key to succeeding in my line of work was establishing a strong rapport with celebrities. I did that, and was rewarded for it. My segments with Donald Trump when I was just a correspondent were part of the reason I got promoted.
NBC tripled my salary and paid for my moving van from New York to Los Angeles.
Was I acting out of self-interest? You bet I was. Was I alone? Far from it. With Mr. Trump’s outsized viewership back in 2005, everybody from Billy Bush on up to the top brass on the 52nd floor had to stroke the ego of the big cash cow along the way to higher earnings.
None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president. But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success.”
I commend Billy Bush for writing this. It takes a big man to admit that you are wrong, and that you may have enabled the sexual abuse perpetrated by a future president. So kudos, Billy.
Any bets on how long until Trump tweets his response to this piece, calling Billy Bush FAKE NEWS?