Grab ‘Em by the…? ‘Yes Donald Trump, You Said That’ – Billy Bush Lashes Out at Trump
On October 17, 2016, ten days after the Access Hollywood Tape broke on October 7, “NBC” announced that Today host Billy Bush would be resigning. The audio, which had been acquired by The Washington Post, revealed a disgusting conversation between Bush and Donald Trump in 2005 wherein Trump literally bragged about sexually assaulting women.
22 days later, on November 8, Trump went on to win the 58th presidential election, leading some to remark how strange it was that Bush got fired while Trump got to be President. But the truth of the matter is those words will continue to haunt his presidency, especially since many women have come forward accusing him of varying degrees of sexual harassment. Back in mid-October, for instance, one of these women, a star on The Apprentice named Summer Zervos, filed a defamation case against Trump that officially gained traction Friday when a judge agreed to hear it.
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But the Access Hollywood tape itself remains a key part of all this as it contains evidence that Trump is not concerned with committing acts of non-consensual sexual violence. This would explain why, on November 25, Trump deemed it necessary to make the preposterous claim that he was not even sure if it was his voice on the recording.
Luckily, one person has something to say about this childish attempt at falsifying information, and that is Billy Bush himself. In an op-ed for The New York Times appropriately titled “Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That,” Bush decided to revisit the infamous “Pussygate” event by not only providing his side of the story, but also explaining how wrongly he felt about Trump and the pain the President was no doubt causing to the women he had allegedly hurt by trying to sweep everything under the rug:
“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.”
Bush’s defense for his own behavior essentially rests on him claiming to have engaged in these lewd conversations with Trump in order to solely build rapport and boost his show’s ratings. Whether or not that excuse will be accepted by the public is up for debate, but Bush does raise some good points about how the women standing up to Trump are extremely brave, and that society has to change to be a safer place for them.
We hope Zervos’s case goes well, and inspires other women to file more complaints against Trump the same way the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolded. It is only through victims speaking up and telling their stories that we can learn the truth about public figures.
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