Billy Bush is done with Trump's 'revisionist history'

Danny Woods
December 5, 2017

Billy Bush says it was indeed Donald Trump's voice captured on a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women. Now, Billy Bush has come forward to say "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", said Bush, who was sacked from NBC's "Today" after the tape surfaced a year ago.

After the tape came out, 16 women accused Trump of sexual misbehavior.

Trump had said that he would "just start kissing" women, and that reflected in Jill Harth's story of being forcibly kissed and pushing against a wall. "I didn't know how to handle it". He reveals that due to his successful rapport with Trump, "NBC tripled my salary and paid for my moving van from NY to Los Angeles".

Trump had said that he would "grab [women] by the p***y", and that reflected in Kristin Anderson's story of Trump reaching under her skirt to touch her genitals.

He says he would like to set Trump, who is engaging in "revisionist history" by trying to convince people that he did not in fact utter the phrase, straight. "This has hit a raw nerve in me", he added.

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But that was before the watershed moment of reckoning America is now experiencing after scores of sexual assault and harassment claims have felled entertainment, political, media and business leaders who abused their positions of power.

In 2005, I was in my first full year as a co-anchor of the show "Access Hollywood" on NBC.

Although the revelation was a big blow to Trump's popular vote, with a number of prominent Republicans withdrawing their support for Trump after the tape was published, he managed to successfully end the presidential campaign.

He acknowledged that he acted out of self-interest, because "the key to succeeding in my line of work was establishing a strong rapport with celebrities". "I did that, and I was rewarded for it". "My segments with Donald Trump when I was just a correspondent were part of the reason I got promoted". You bet I was. Was I alone? Far from it.

While Trump has yet to respond to or tweet about Bush's op-ed, the reiteration of Trump's guilt isn't happening in a vacuum as Bush notes that there were actually "seven other guys present on the bus".

"We now know better", Bush added. "But all of us were guilty of sacrificing ourselves in the name of success".

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