Melania Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it’s Billy Bush’s fault that Donald Trump got caught bragging about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it.
“So you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on, it was only a mic,” she said. “And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on, because they were kind of boy talk, and he was egged on by the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
“You feel the host, Billy Bush, was egging him on?” Cooper clarified.
“Yes,” she replied.
I’m sorry, Ms. Trump, but no one ever confused Billy Bush with Edward R. Murrow or Mike Wallace. At the risk of offending real journalists, Billy Bush is the Adam Sandler of the news business. He’s a lightweight suck-up to celebrities and if anyone really believes that he can coerce Donald Trump into being a jackass on a hot mic… Really?
I don’t like it when people try to psychoanalyze people from afar, but as a theatre scholar and a drama critic, I am pretty good at analyzing characters on stage, and what I see in this little skit is Ms. Trump deflecting her husband’s felonious musings onto the little boy playing the stooge. I’m also seeing a rather sad enabler who is doing her best not to tell us that yes, that’s really him.
PS: Mr. Bush is out of a job thanks to the tape and his role in promoting sexual assault. Apparently NBC has higher standards than the GOP.