Billy Bush: I Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over the Trump Tape!

Recently, Donald Trump has been claiming his voice on the infamous video in which he bragged about sexual assault was not his voice, even though, as we all remember, he had admitted to it within hours of the video’s release.

Billy Bush replied that it is Trump’s voice, which anyone with ears can hear for themselves.

Well, Billy Bush, who lost his job over the scandal of that tape — in which he was heard laughing along with Trump’s horrific statements — is reflecting on that now (in the video below), in light of Hollywood’s recent scandals and Trump’s recent statements.

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As we all remember, Trump infamously said:

“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet, just kiss,” the orange man was heard saying.

Among his sexual assault accusations are just that — forcing a kiss without a woman’s consent.

“I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

Gross.

“You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

There are people who went out and voted for the entity that uttered those words, because some people go to the polls out of spite and nothing else, we suppose.

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Speaking to Stephen Colbert, Billy Bush — since Trump decided to bring up the subject in recent weeks with his inexplicable denials — is reflecting on how that scandal impacted him.

“It was a difficult time.”

Well, Billy Bush and his wife separated on top of all of the blowback to his career.

“I think it was very hot, emotionally, in the country.”

We think that he means that the political climate was very heated. And it was. And is.

“A lot of people were not comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election and a lot of things happened quickly.”

It sounds like he’s saying that firing him wasn’t the right choice. That perhaps people wanted him fired because Trump was so awful, and Billy Bush was guilty by association.

Others would say that if Billy Bush had respected women more and been heard expressing that on that tape, he wouldn’t have faced these consequences.

Clearly, Billy’s had a lot of time to think about this.

“The very day he was swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, I was checking into this soul-searching retreat in Santalina, California for nine days.”

A sizable chunk of the American populace spent that day preparing for the Women’s March.

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Billy Bush suggests that he’s not the only one who believes that he shouldn’t have been fired over Trump’s words.

“My boss, later, months later, said publicly: ‘I think we may have moved a little quickly.'”

Perhaps. But there might have been a boycott if they hadn’t. The majority of Americans were and are anti-Trump, and a boycott could really hurt.

“I will say, I would have liked the chance to have been able to address the audience that following Monday.”

That’s fair. Unless he himself was actually committing sexual assaults instead of hearing Trump brag about them, he deserved the chance to explain himself.

Plus, a public apology in that format mgiht have done some good.

“But it was right after the debate and I think the tape made it in time for the debate, so I didn’t get that.”

Remember those debates? It was a simpler time, when so many Americans still had hope.

Billy Bush talks about how Matt Lauer, who’s now been fired for sexual misconduct and in fact accused of rape, went to bat for him.

“We had a conversation about that and I was told, he told me, that he went to the bosses and took that line.”

We don’t believe that Billy Bush knew at the time that the man defending him was an alleged sexual predator.

“I said that I appreciated it, and I accepted it, and thanked him.”

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Billy Bush continues to reflect on the tape.

“I think the bus ride was the tip of the iceberg.”

Honestly, some of what he says next isn’t super clear, so we’ll do our best to translate.

“I’m worried that the dialogue isn’t gonna be around, because we have all these [things], we get onto the next thing.”

That’s a little complicated, but we think that he’s saying that people don’t have time to have a conversation about one sexual assault before we hear about the next one.

“We get on our phones, the next outrage comes.”

That pretty much sums up the unending nightmare of 2017 right there.

“We have to continue it all the way through, and I hope we do that.”

He means, we think, that our society needs to continue its conversation about sexual assault to its conclusion instead of allowing ourselves to be distracted.

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Billy Bush, in that infamous recording, did what so many people have done over the years.

Nothing.

A lot of us should think about remaining silent when we hear someone say something sexist and appalling. Just a few words can make a difference.

And that goes for when people say racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise bigoted statements, too.

Obviously, there are situations when speaking up isn’t safe. But we should all pay attention and speak up when we can.

Otherwise, well, we’ve totally missed the point of Billy Bush’s experiences over the last 14 months.

Here’s the video:

“It was a difficult time.”

“I think it was very hot, emotionally, in the country.”

“A lot of people were not comfortable with the man who was close to winning the election and a lot of things happened quickly.”

“The very day he was swearing in as the 45th President of the United States, I was checking intot his soul-searching retreat in Santalina, California for nine days.”

“My boss, later, months later, said publicly: ‘I think we may have moved a little quickly.'”

“I will say, I would have liked the chance to have been able to address the audience that following Monday.”

“But it was right after the debate and I think the tape made it in time for the debate, so I didn’t get that.”

“We had a conversation about that and I was told, he told me, that he went to the bosses and took that line.”

“I said that I appreciated it, and I accepted it, and thanked him.”

“I think the bus ride was the tip of the iceberg.”

“I’m worried that the dialogue isn’t gonna be around, because we have all these [things], we get onto the next thing.”

“We get on our phones, the next outrage comes.”

That pretty much sums up the unending nightmare of 2017 right there.

“We have to continue it all the way through, and I hope we do that.”

[source: thehollywoodgossip.com]

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