Yesterday, December 3rd, ousted television host Billy Bush released a New York Times op-ed in which he stated that Donald Trump — without question — said the phrase “grab ’em by the pussy.” This comes on the heels of Trump reportedly suggesting that the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape had been doctored (a bewildering claim given the fact that Trump himself apologized for his words in a video statement on October 7th, 2016).
Bush, who was on the bus when Trump bragged about groping women without their consent, wrote,
However, the fact that eight men on a bus could all laugh off jokes about sexual assault was not the most disturbing part of Bush’s op-ed.
The most unsettling revelation in the piece was something Bush mentions Donald Trump said to him during another off-camera conversation.
The leader of the free world once openly admitted to his unapologetic personal policy of lying to the public. To the very people who elected him into office.
While at the end of the day this perhaps isn’t surprising — Trump has become infamous for spreading fake news and misinformation almost daily — the fact that he allegedly lives by such an unethical, self-serving philosophy is chilling and dangerous for our country.
Trust in our elected officials is paramount to a healthy and thriving democracy, and Trump has shown time and time again that he has little respect for this concept. Let this serve as a reminder to stay informed as citizens and to stay vigilant when it comes to questioning the policies and intentions of the current administration.