Billy Bush Pens NY Times Op-Ed Blasting Trump: “‘Grab ‘Em By The Pussy.’ Of Course He Said It”

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Billy Bush is hitting back following recent reports that say Donald Trump is now claiming that the infamous Access Hollywood tape might not be authentic in an op-ed for The New York Times published Sunday.billy-bush-trump“He said it. ‘Grab ‘em by the pussy.’ 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,” Bush writes.For his part, after the Access Hollywood tape was leaked, Bush issued an apology statement, and Trump dismissed his own remarks about grabbing women “by the pussy” as merely “locker-room banter,” but Bush was first suspended and then lost his job at Today seven days later. 

In his op-ed, he recounts reading about the various sexual assault allegations against Trump by dozens of women (the president denies any wrongdoing), and says that he believes them. Calling Trump’s new claims about the tape “revisionist history,” Bush says that, “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.”

 

He also expresses his opinions on Trump as a president, saying that he thought his candidacy was “absurd” from the start. And he says that, although he will never know exactly what it felt like to come forward with allegations and “[be] summarily dismissed and called a liar” he does know what it is like to experience the “anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump.” To the women, he writes, “You have my respect and admiration. You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change.”

 

“Today is about reckoning and reawakening, and I hope it reaches all the guys on the bus,” he concludes, adding, “I know that I don’t need the accouterments of fame to know God and be happy. After everything over the last year, I think I’m a better man and father to my three teenage daughters — far from perfect, but better.”

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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