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The person he was talking to: Billy Bush.
Bush is a host of Access Hollywood, and also hosts the third hour of “The Today Show” on NBC.
In the video, Trump talks about how you can “grab” women “by the p—-” because “when you’re a star they let you do it.”
George H.W. Bush is Billy Bush’s uncle, and his father is the former president’s younger brother. That makes former president George W. Bush his cousin.
Google Trends peaked with searches for Bush’s name right after the video broke:
In the video, Bush and Trump were on a bus heading to the “Days of Our Lives” set where the businessman guest-starred on the soap opera.
“Sheesh your girl’s hot as s—, in the purple,” Bush said to Trump on the bus. “Yes! The Donald has scored.”
The “woman in purple” the men were crassly talking about is Arianne Zucker, who played Nicole Walker on “Days of Our Lives” from 1998-2016. She wasn’t on the bus with them, so it doesn’t appear like she could have known what they had been saying about her before she escorted them inside for the taping.
“I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says as the sound of a Tic Tac canister rattles before he exits the bus. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.”
Trump had married his third wife, Melania, in January 2005. The tape is from September of that year.
The Republican presidential candidate apologized for his comments in a statement on Friday.
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago,” Trump said. “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Bush released a statement as well, apologizing and saying he was “embarrassed and ashamed.” The host deleted his Twitter account after the video surfaced.
“I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along,” his statement read.
The AP reported the 2005 appearance was Trump’s soap opera debut.
“(Trump) intimately knows drama from his many business ventures to his weekly boardrooms on The Apprentice,” Sheraton Kalouria, senior vice president of NBC Daytime at the time (who is now the chief marketing officer at Sony Pictures Television), said in a statement before Trump’s episode aired. “Little does he know that the drama on ‘Days of Our Lives’is often more intense!”