Billy Bush recently wrote an anti-Trump essay, expressing his support for the victims of sexual assault, who are coming-out in a growing number with each day.
The revolution that started with the Harvey Weinstein stories in November has now given Billy Bush an opportunity to bring back into the attention of the large audience, last year’s issue, which eventually got him fired.
We all remember the infamous audio tape that surfaced last year during the election campaign, where then-candidate Donald Trump was telling Bush how he behaved with women. Numerous comments of Trump’s were disturbing and shocking to many. And even though it occurred over 12 years ago, the content of the audio faced a wave of rage against both Trump and Bush.
Now, the former NBC television host does a recap in an essay for the New York Times, emphasizing the effects of Trump’s comments on his victims.
“He said it. ‘Grab ’em by the p***y’”, Bush writes. “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.”
He goes on saying that they – him and seven other guys present at the time of the recording – originally thought The Apprentice host was performing. “Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better.”
Billy Bush then focuses the writing on the aftermath, which consisted in a number of 20 women coming out with sexual harassment stories against Trump. After reading their declarations, Bush says he believed that the remark “Grab ‘Em” remark was accurate and real, not just the content of a performance.
He explained the context in which he participated in the infamous audio conversation. He admitted, at one point, that he was definitely “acting out of self-interest”.
“None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president”, he wrote, but added that they were all consciously sacrificing their spine for the sake of success.
To the women who fell victims of sexual abuse, Bush offered his respect and admiration. “You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change.”