Journalist Billy Bush said Sunday he believes the women who have accused the president of unwanted groping, adding the president’s recent “revisionist” history of the “Access Hollywood” tapes hit a “nerve” with him.
Former “Access Hollywood” host Bush wrote a New York Times op-ed in response to the surrounding sexual assault allegations against men in power and to President Donald Trump’s alleged comments that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tapes are fake.
“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,” Bush wrote. “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.”
The “Access Hollywood” tapes, released a few months before the election, revealed the president saying “You can grab ’em by the p***y” and “When you’re a star they let you do it” to a group of people, Bush included. Then candidate Trump apologized for the comments he made in the tapes.
Bush also apologized to the women who have come forward to accuse the president of inappropriate conduct, saying he believes them and they are “culture warriors.”
“To these women: I will never know the fear 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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