The report, published Friday afternoon, documents Trump and Bush in 2005 – unaware they were on a hot mic – discussing “in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women”
Trump is noticeably more vulgar than Bush, commenting about grabbing women “by the pussy,” and discussing a particular instance where he tried to seduce a married woman by taking her furniture shopping.
Bush is the primary host of NBC’s “Access Hollywood” and the co-host of the third hour of its “Today Show.” He is a member of the famed Bush family, the nephew of former president George H. W. Bush, and the cousin of former president George W. Bush and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Bush audibly laughs and encourages Trump as the now-presidential candidate uses the word “bitch” to describe women, and talks about a woman’s “big phony tits.”
Friday’s report is the latest from Fahrenthold, who has vigorously reported on the Trump Foundation’s donations scandal and recently shut down its fundraising capability.
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) October 7, 2016
Comments have instantly flooded the NBC host’s Facebook account, with one user saying “You’re as scummy as [Donald Trump] is. Bush’s Twitter account was deleted in August following the Ryan Lochte scandal at the Olympics, according to TVNewser.
Who knew that two of the most important interviewers in the 2016 cycle would turn out to be Billy Bush and Howard Stern?
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) October 7, 2016
Trump initially responded to the Washington Post for comment:
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close,” Trump said in a statement. “I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Later Friday night, Trump released a fuller video apologizing for his words and saying that former president Bill Clinton’s actions towards were women are worse than his own words:
Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/WAZiGoQqMQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2016
While NBC News has not returned a request for comment, Bush has publicly apologized in a statement. “Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago – I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, NBC has no plans to reprimand Bush at this point.
The full video is below:
This story has been updated to clarify that Billy Bush deleted his Twitter after the Olympics as opposed to earlier today. This story has also been updated, Saturday, as well, to reflect Bush’s public comments.