In analyzing the hot mic tape, from Access Hollywood, Trump ties to “get down” by showing off and trying to bond with Access Hollywood anchor, Billy Bush, who is half his age as they both engage in graphic “locker room talk” about women. But when reality hits and a beautiful woman, a soap star named Arianne actually ends up in front of Trump, we see a different story> We see that Trump is all bravado and all talk as he greets her professionally. But then Billy instigates the situation by encouraging Trump to give the soap star a hug which turned awkward.
Donald shows off to Billy Bush how he took a “Nancy” ( perhaps Nancy O’Dell, Bush’s co-host at the time) and tried to hit on a Nancy, a married woman and even took her furniture shopping but that she shot him down “like a bitch.” Trump’s use of the word “bitch” is not referring to the actual definition which is “female dog,” but rather the colloquial term which according to the urban dictionary means “Modern-day servant” or a ” A person who performs tasks for another, usually degrading in status.” So in essence, Trump was relaying to Billy how he :degraded “himself by going after a woman and failing with his advances towards her. He justifies the failure by stating that she was married.
Also, the fact that Trump would want to hit on a married woman shows how Trump is into the challenge and how little respect he may possibly have for the sanctity of marriage, since most people would consider a married woman off limits.
In licking his wound from getting rejected from this married woman, Trump now cuts her down by saying how she has the “big phony tits” . The use of the slang word “tits” as opposed to “breasts” is a more demeaning term as he describes how the woman changed her looks. In essence, he is using a derogatory term to trash “Nancy” for rejecting him.
Then, Billy excitedly screams out to Trump that his “girl is hot as shit”. In the purple. It is hard to tell to whom they are referring. It can’t be Melania who actually is Trump’s “girl” ( his wife). The sudden excitement in Bush’s tone indicates that it is a woman he has just noticed is wearing purple. The “your girl” reference may be a reference to the girl Trump is about to meet for the show or to do a scene with in the soap opera as that women turned out to be wearing purple. But it is unclear as to the exact identity of the woman in purple.
Bush is hyper reactive as he yells out “Woah” “My man” to Trump, thereby indicating that he looks up to Trump as it pertains to women.
Then Trump calls Bush a “pussy” which according to the Urban dictionary is slang for “women’s genitals” or for “someone acting weak or cowardly”. In either case, it is a demeaning reference that Trump is making towards Billy Bush.
Then the two of them see a woman, and are not sure who it is. Bush says that it better not be the publicist. He then reassures Trump that “it is her”- meaning the woman whom they are supposed to meet- a soap star.
Trump gets back into “impress Billy Bush mode” by saying that he needs some Tic Tac ( a breath mint) in case he starts kissing the woman. He continues on by saying
that he is attracted to beautiful women and starts kissing them like a magnet. If this is true and not just bravado, it shows that Trump has no boundaries. In this day and age just kissing any woman to whom you are simply attracted to like a magnet, can find you ending up in a sexual harassment or a battery suit. Billy further encourages Trump as he engages in a hyena- like cacking laugh.
This causes Trump to further try to impress Bush with his next statement – that he just kisses and doesn’t even wait. If this is true, the statement shows an impulsiveness on Trump’s part as well as a disrespect as he doesn’t “even wait” for the woman’s reaction or permission to kiss her. Instead he just lays a kiss on her.
Then Trump goes on to even further impress Bush by letting him know that when you a star, women will let you do anything ( which is sadly true having witnessed it first hand in Hollywood throughout the years). But the statement shows an objectification about woman and a disrespect for those who let him do anything to them. In afiton, the statement reflects his entitlement.Bush of course, eggs Trump on by saying to Trump “whatever you want.”
As a result of Bush’s verbal encouragement, Trump steps it up a notch as he escalates his “impress Billy Bush” talk by using more shocking references to show just how far he can go and relays all he can do to woman, simply because of his star power.
He shockingly says “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” Now we hear Bush cackling away. Then Bush immediately changes the subject and refers to the woman they are about to meet , whom he and Trump observe from their vantage point on the bus. Bush, in reference to the woman , says that all he can see is legs. Trump agrees that the woman’s legs look nice.
The next statement reflects how concerned Trump is about his own image as he says that “it is always good that you don’t fall out of the bus” like former President Gerald Ford did. Obviously Trump is preparing to make an entrance from the bus as Billy instructs him to push the door handle down and out.
Now we see Trump emerge from the bus. But we don’t see Trump kiss the woman in the shoulderless dress. Instead, we see Trump simply taking the woman’s hand as she extends her arm for a handshake.
Trump appears gentlemanly in contrast to his ” on- the- bus -impress- Billy Bush rhetoric” and cordially tells the woman it is nice to see her .
and then Trump introduces her to Billy Bush.
Billy greets the woman by name- Arianne, as they shake hands while Trump looks on in the distance.
The woman turns to Trump and asks him if he is ready to be a soap star? Trump looks directly at her, making eye contact as he stands a professional arms-length distance from her, while Bush now continues on in the background.
Trump is being very professional as he stand at a safe distance from the woman with his straight posture as his focus is on the task at hand- her making him into a soap star.
But after hearing all the “pussy” talk and Trump’s talk about spontaneously kissing beautiful women “like a magnet,” Bush seems to be surprised that Trump wasn’t delivering all that he told Bush about during their on the bus chat.
So Bush, forgetting the intention of why Trump was there with this soap star in the first place- to have the woman try to turn him into a soap star, Bush immaturely and unprofessionally focuses on his and Trump’s on- the -bus personal conversation and tells the soap star that Donld just got off the bus and inappropriately asks her to give Donald a hug.
She is taken aback as she literally pulls her body back while looking at Bush as though he is crazy. Trump’s mouth is a bit agape as he seems surprised by this as well.
But Arianne obliges and puts her arm around Donald’s shoulder. Unlike his on-the bus- ungentlemanly rhetoric, Trump acts as a gentleman by asking Arianne if she would like a little hug, especially since Bush has manipulated the situation that was not Trump’s idea or intention to hug Arianne. Because he was feeling awkward about the situation ,Trump uses the word “darling” as he refers to Arianne , he says this in order to create more comfort during an act which is more intimate than he originally intended- a hug.
Trump reluctantly seems to give her a hug and a reluctant tight lipped kiss on her cheek as indicated by his stiff body language and tight facial muscles His head does not move towards her and he is not smiling. This indicates that he does not seem to pleased about doing this . Furthermore, he says to her “Melania says this is OK.” This shows the reality that Trump was indeed thinking about Melania and trying to not disrespect her publicly. Even though he showed a of this bravado to Billy Bush about what he does when around beautiful women, truth be told, it appears to be all talk and no action as we have seen in this scenario.
While this exchange between Donald Trump and Billy Bush took place in 2005, eleven years before Bush became a big on air celeb and Trump had any inkling of running for the highest position the land, it shows two men being obnoxious and disrespectful about women where one is showing off for the other while the other is egging him on. But when push comes to shove, all that bravado and toxic talk about woman is just a lot of hot air as we saw in the tape. Trump didn’t do what he claimed to do in regards to women.
Since the emergence of this tape. both men issued an apology. Bush said he was young and immature and that he is embarrassed by this tape. Trump has also issued an apologiy for offending anyone who listened to the tape.