After reports surfaced that Donald Trump denied the legitimacy of the now-infamous tape in which he brags about kissing and grabbing women without their consent, people are clapping back. Among those is Billy Bush, who confirmed the Trump Access Hollywood tape is 100% authentic in an op-ed for The New York Times.
Bush opened the piece, published on December 3rd, by saying that, yes, Donald Trump did say, “Grab ’em by the pussy.” He also said that he and other Access Hollywood staff didn’t take Trump seriously enough at the time.
Bush wrote that he believes the women who have come forward against the president, and acknowledged that he was “acting in self-interest” when he laughed along with Trump as opposed to calling him out in the moment.
Although Trump has recently claimed he is not sure that his voice is the one in the tape, his claim has been met with overwhelming skepticism. A week ago, on November 27th, current Access Hollywood host Natalie Morales also confirmed that the tape was “very real” during the morning broadcast of the show. Bush is the second member of the show to verify the tape’s authenticity.
During the presidential campaign, Trump himself acknowledged the tape and claimed responsibility for the words he said. He even apologized in a statement posted on his social media accounts in October 2016.
It’s a mystery why Trump would deny his voice on the recording when there is so much evidence to the contrary. And Bush’s op-ed is just the latest confirmation of what we already know. Ultimately, we hope that others will take a cue from Bush and stand up for those who have come forward about sexual misconduct — no matter who the accused may be.