Trump Claims The Access Hollywood Tape Is Fake, But Billy Bush Wrote A Powerful Explanation About What Happened That Day

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Billy Bush confirms Trump said "Grab them by the p---y"
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Bush confirmed the authenticity of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape.

Billy Bush is not going to let Trump deny saying those five words that rocked the nation and his presidential campaign. According to Bush, who lost his job as a co-host on the Today show after he was heard joking with to Trump about women on an Access Hollywood tape, confirmed the president did, in fact, say, “Grab them by the p---y.”

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,” wrote Bush in a New York Times op-ed. “Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act.”

The 2005 tape, which was made public by the Washington Post in October of 2016, recorded Trump via hot mic saying inappropriate things about women.

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"You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said into the hot mic while inside a van. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything."

According to the New York Times, Trump at first denied that the voice was his. Once the video surfaced, though, he fessed up and apologized. He called it "locker room talk."

“I've never said I'm a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I'm not,” Mr. President said. “I've said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”

But now the president is again questioning the authenticity of the tape. According to the New York Times, Trump is standing by Senate candidate Roy Moore — who's been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women — because he too feels he's a victim of false allegations. 

"He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous 'Access Hollywood' tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women's genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after," the New York Times reported over the weekend. "He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently."

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In January, the president told a senator he was “looking into hiring people to ascertain whether or not it was his voice.”

Bush wasn't having any of that. “President Trump is currently indulging in some revisionist history, reportedly telling allies, including at least one United States senator, that the voice on the tape is not his. This has hit a raw nerve in me,” he wrote.

The fact that Trump originally denied being the voice in the tape, later apologized and then said again that the tape may be a “doctored” has actress Arianne Zucker confused. She also appeared in the tape. 

I don’t know how else that could be fake, I mean, unless someone’s planting words in your mouth,” Zucker said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “That’s the only other way, but it’s puzzling to me. How do you apologize for something and then renege on it?”

In his op-ed, Bush continued recounting the stories of women who have come forward over the years accusing Trump of sexual harassment, including Jessica Leeds and Jill Harth. Harth said Trump forced her against a wall and tried to kiss her. Bush said he believes her and the 20 other women who have come out with accusations about the president.

“Her story makes the whole ‘better use some Tic Tacs’ and ‘just start kissing them’ routine real,” Bush said. “I believe her.”

At the end, Bush expressed his frustration for the women who have experienced anything like what Trump said in the Access Hollywood tape.

“To these women: I will never know the feel you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump. You have my respect and admiration. You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change.”

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