The former NBC host is stepping back into the spotlight to bust Trump’s Access Hollywood tape conspiracy theory.
Former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush is stepping back into the spotlight to state the obvious that it is indeed President Donald Trump who can be heard on a now-infamous 2005 tape bragging about sexual assault.
“He said it. ‘Grab ‘em by the pussy,’” Bush wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Sunday evening. “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.”
The op-ed lands amid reports Trump has begun to suggest in private conversation the tape was not him. When the tape was first made public in October 2016, then-candidate Trump admitted it was him and apologized, dismissing his comments as “locker room talk.”
The tape features Trump bragging about the privileges of being a famous man around women. “They let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy,” he says.
The 2005 recording took place as Trump traveled in a bus with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush to meet soap opera actress Arianne Zucker. As they approach, Bush calls her “hot as shit,” and Trump jokes he should “use some Tic Tacs” in case he starts kissing her. “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait,” he says.
Bush in his Times op-ed wrote that he and the seven other men on the bus with the former reality television star assumed they were listening to a “crass standup act” and didn’t think what Trump said was real. “We now know better,” he wrote.
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