It’s been less than a week since the election, and we already have evidence that Donald Trump’s deplorable behavior is being normalized.
Billy Bush, the other party who was captured on the infamous hot mic tape in which Trump bragged about getting away with sexual assault because of his fame, was first disgraced and unceremoniously canned from his gig on the Today show following the scandal. But now that Trump has shown that even blatantly admitting to and bragging about sexual assault doesn’t keep a man from winning the U.S. presidency, Bush isn’t being seen as the media pariah he was just days ago.
New reports say that Bush is being recruited by ultra-conservative blog Breitbart to become its new entertainment reporter following the election — and Trump’s decision to name the site’s publisher, Steve Bannon, his chief of staff.
“They are trying to recruit Billy Bush,” an insider at the site told Page Six. “They want to expand covering Hollywood in a big way — and think Billy would be perfect for the job.”
But since Breitbart is only a blog and doesn’t have a TV division, Bush may not even be interested in the job.
“Billy’s ego is big,” the insider said. “He likes to be a TV star, and would want to go to a rival like ABC or CBS.”
Still, the fact that any media outlet is considering Bush for a job now, after Trump won the presidency, is an alarming sign that Trump’s behavior is being normalized. Bush was fired for the role he played in the sexual assault scandal that should have cost Trump the election. Now, he’s being hired again because Trump’s win trivialized the fact that the two were giggling over actual admissions of sexual assault. Let that sink in.
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