Billy Bush is usually reentering the public eye, as well as he’s starting by sending a message to President Trump.
“Yes, Donald Trump, You Said which” is usually the headline of Bush’s op-ed for The brand-new York Times.
The piece was published online Sunday night, one day before Bush appears on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” — an interview which was arranged just a few days ago.
Bush says he decided to speak out after news reports indicated which Trump has been casting doubt on the authenticity of the so-called “Access Hollywood” tape.
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On the 12-year-old tape, which resurfaced inside final weeks of the presidential election campaign last year, Bush as well as Trump spoke profanely about women — as well as Trump bragged about sexual assault.
“When you’re a star, they let you do the idea. You can do anything … Grab them by the p****. You can do anything,” Trump said while Bush laughed along.
“He said the idea. ‘Grab ’em by the p****,'” Bush wrote in his op-ed Sunday. “Of course he said the idea.”
“Every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act,” Bush said. “He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of This kind of was real. We right now know better.”
Bush — a relation of former Presidents George H.W. Bush as well as George W. Bush — lost his job on NBC’s “Today” show when the tape was published last year.
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Trump won the election. yet allegations of sexual harassment as well as assault in his past have emerged through media coverage as well as advocacy efforts.
Bush recounted specific allegations made by two of the women, Jill Harth as well as Kristin Anderson, saying he believed them.
He said the brand-new York Times as well as Washington Post reports about Trump doubting the tape have “hit a raw nerve in me.”
“I can only imagine how the idea has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, as well as did not receive enough attention,” Bush wrote. “This kind of country is usually currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse as well as sexual misconduct. Its leader is usually wantonly poking the bear.”
Trump has flatly denied the allegations against him. He recently repeated his assertion which he was merely engaging in “locker room talk” with Bush.
Amid a national reckoning about harassment as well as abuse of power, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the allegations against Trump at a press briefing last month.
“This kind of was litigated as well as certainly answered during the election by the overwhelming support for the president as well as the fact which he’s sitting here inside Oval Office today,” she said.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment late Sunday.
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With an eye toward a return to television, Bush said inside Times piece which “This kind of last year has been an odyssey, the likes of which I expect to never face again: anger, anxiety, betrayal, humiliation, many selfish yet, I expect, understandable emotions. yet these have given way to light, both spiritual as well as intellectual. the idea’s been fortifying.”
He said he doesn’t need the “accouterments of fame to know God as well as be happy.”
yet Bush also hints which he has more to say. He said which he has “real thoughts” about workplace harassment as well as gender discrimination yet which they are “a story for another day.”
the idea’s unclear if Bush has any some other TV appearances planned after his interview on Colbert on Monday night.
sy88pgw (Washington) First published December 3, 2017: 9:02 PM ET