He joined the CBS late-night program for an interview after the tape came back into the news following a New York Times report that said Trump allegedly told a senator that the tape was fake - despite apologizing for its contents after it was released previous year.
"I said, ok, 'You're opening wounds on them, too". "Twenty women don't get together and say, 'You know what would be really fun? You have been only dealing with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the President". He even suggested that Trump's reckoning is coming, one that Bush swiftly felt via a high-profile firing from NBC as a result of the Trump tape. "I was there, you were there, that's your voice on the tape", Bush said, explaining that he had read the account of women accusing the president of sexual assault.
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. While Colbert commented that the video camera was not exactly on the President, Bush thought President Trump's commentary was an act.
Bush addressed the reports that Trump is denying his voice is in the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that leaked prior to the election past year, which resulted in NBC firing Bush. "We now know better", Bush said in the op-ed.
Bush said part of the reason for his reaction to Trump's words had to do with the fact that the former real-estate mogul was a powerful part of NBC, owing to the success of his series "The Apprentice". Let's take down a powerful guy together.' No, they don't.
"Enough's enough. stop playing around with people's lives", he said, referring to Trump's latest alleged private suggestion that it was not him on the 2005 tape.
"It was the beginning of me saying, 'All right, get up, stop being sorry for yourself, stop worrying about these things".
"You don't get to say that". "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not just reported it to my executive producer". "There wouldn't have been the moment to bring this bus back", Colbert said.
While Trump has yet to respond to or tweet about Bush's op-ed, the reiteration of Trump's guilt isn't happening in a vacuum as Bush notes that there were actually "seven other guys present on the bus". "He told me that he went privately to the bosses".
"Women must be believed, and we kind of have to find our way to have the dialogue", Bush said. "And I said I appreciated it and I accepted it and thanked him". "I'm anxious that the dialogue isn't going to be around because we move onto the next thing", he added.