While en route to film a 2005 cameo appearance on soap opera Days of Our Lives, presidential hopeful Donald Trump boasted in demeaning detail to Today personality Billy Bush about the way he approaches women — and it was all caught on video tape.
The Washington Post was the first media source to post the risque conversation, which was said to have been a precursor to an interview with celebrity gossip program Access Hollywood.
Bush, a former AH mainstay, had been invited to converse with the current Republican-nominated candidate, who was in town to attend the Daytime Emmys, as well as promote his own reality series, The Apprentice, and the one-off appearance on the ongoing NBC drama series.
As the bus pulls into the lot where Days is filmed, the businessman regales Bush about a woman who was seemingly unappreciative of his romantic advances. That woman, as it turns out, is none other than Bush’s then Access Hollywood co-host, Nancy O’Dell, as reported by TMZ (O’Dell now leads AH competitor, Entertainment Tonight).
Warning: the following audio contains adult language. Please proceed with caution.
“You know, and I moved on her, actually,” Trump is first heard saying about O’Dell. “And I failed.”
“She used to be great,” Bush responds. “She’s still very beautiful.”
“I did try and f**k her,” Trump continues, “[but] she was married.”
Ironically, so was Trump at this time — current wife Melania had only tied the knot with Donald several months before the conversation took place. Bush laughs at the reveal.
“That’s huge news!”
“No, no, no. Nancy — and I moved on her very heavily,” Trump pushes on. “In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.'”
After another laugh, Trump dives deeper into the voracious way he went after the gossip host, ultimately referring to himself as a dog in heat.
“I moved on her like a b**ch,” he stated, “but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then, all of a sudden, I see her [afterward, and] she’s now got the big phony t**s and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
As several crew workers — all men — depart the vehicle to set up for a Trump departure shot, Bush takes notice of Days actress and model Arianne Zucker, who portrays character Nicole Walker, standing outside. Still inside of the bus with Trump, Bush allows his crassness to continue.
“Sheesh, your girl’s hot as s**t,” Bush relays to Trump about Zucker. “[The one] in the purple. Whoa, yes! The Donald has scored.”
After deducing that the attractive woman they are looking at is indeed Zucker and not her publicist, Trump reaches for some breath mints.
“I’ve gotta use some Tic-Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Trump then seems to say that when it comes to famous women, nothing is off-limits, including boundaries and rejections.
“And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” another man, purportedly Bush, surmises.
“Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
The two men then focus on the legs of women who are passing by outside on the lot, before finally exiting the bus to meet Zucker. As they interact with her, Bush lightly goads the actress to physically embrace Trump.
“How about a little hug for the Donald,” the host asks. He just got off the bus.”
Oblivious to his thoughts, Zucker does as she’s asked as the trio head into the studio.
In response to the conversation leaking, workers for Trump’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, implored voters through Twitter to denounce the pundit for his continuously crude words and thoughts toward women.
“This is horrific,” the campaign tweeted. “We cannot allow this man to become president.”
Trump would, as expected, release a blameworthy statement of his own regarding the AH sit-down, saying that the chat between he and Bush was simply an act of “men being men” and nothing more.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. [Besides], Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
In the past, Trump has found himself called out time and time again for his misogyny, an aspect that he claims is severely overdrawn by the media. Just recently, during the presidential debate that took place in late September, the businessman and mogul took a low blow in calling out talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell for comments she made about him years ago.
“I said very tough things to her and I think everyone would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said of his enemy, which was also noted by the Washington Post.
O’Donnell has since responded, via a poem on her official site, explaining that Trump’s vitriol caused her to fall into a depression.
Spokespersons for NBC Universal, the conglomerate which owns Access Hollywood, and Nancy O’Dell have yet to comment on the matter. Bush, meanwhile, has issued an apology for his participation in the immature conversation.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” it reads, so says TMZ. “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.”
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