Billy Bush Rips Trump Over Pussy Grab Tape on Stephen Colbert

President Trump's private assertions that it wasn't actually him bragging about groping women in 2005 on the Access Hollywood bus have been met with public reminders from both Access Hollywood and Billy Bush that yes, it was Trump on the bus. For almost 13 minutes, Bush spoke with Stephen Colbert about the entire ordeal. "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 stand-up act".

"Look, he, last week, for some reason came out with: That's not my voice on the tape".

"The first time I ever heard it was about three days before it leaked ... and so it was like a gut punch ... and it's a gut punch now ... it will always be", Bush said. "You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president". White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump hasn't changed his position on the tape.

The former Today host further noted that, while he is angered by Trump's most recent actions, he also still holds himself accountable for his own actions (and lack of pushback) when he had the initial taped conversation with Trump back in 2005. "Twenty women don't get together and say, 'You know what would be really fun? Let's take down a powerful guy together!" "Anyone who knows me knows these words don't reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize", Trump said in a video released in October of previous year. "Enough's enough ... stop playing around with people's lives". "A lot of people were not comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election and a lot of things happened quickly", Bush, 46, said.

Bush told Colbert: "You've got 20 women ... who used their names. So when he said this ... it infuriated me on the personal front and then I ended up Googling and I read an article with all of these women's accounts - when that article came out it was 13 days after I was sacked so I was in my own personal shock - fight or flight - and so I never really read it all the way".

Specifically, Bush responded to a New York Times report that Trump privately told a senator and an adviser that the tape "was not authentic", a report with which Bush has a big problem.

"Matt Lauer controlled that show". "I will say, I would have liked the chance to have been able to address the audience that following Monday". He could have protected anybody and he did famously protect people from being fired from that show. "The very day he was swearing in as the 45th president of the United States, I was checking in to this soul-searching retreat in St. Helena, Calif., nine days off the grid", Bush said. "Do you wish he would have protected you?"

Man, oh man. Regardless, the main thing Billy's learned from this whole experience is that "women must be believed".

"My [then] 15-year-old, Mary, called me from boarding school, and she was in tears: 'Dad, Dad, Dad, ' and I said, 'Everything is going to be fine, Mary. I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around because we move onto the next thing". As Bush told Colbert, "No question, I feel like I sacrificed a little bit of myself in the moment".

  • Kyle Peterson