President Obama: I Cannot Revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal Of Freedom, But Have “No Tolerance For Rape” (VIDEO)
As Gossip Cop reported, the sexual violence advocacy group Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment launched a campaign last week calling on President Obama to take back the honor, which was awarded to Cosby in 2002 by then-president George W. Bush. It is the highest civilian distinction in the United States, given to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Cosby arguably fit the bill when he was bestowed more than 10 years ago, but his reputation has since been gravely tarnished by a mounting sexual assault scandal.
Approximately 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing them, and a White House petition started less than a week ago declares that the allegations merit the award being revoked for the first time in history. A White House spokesperson previously said he wasn’t sure it was “legally possible” to take such action, and Obama confirmed that in his remarks Wednesday. “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” noted the President.
He explained, “We don’t have that mechanism. And, as you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where tthere still might be, if not criminal, then civil issues involved.” That said, Obama went on, “I’ll say this: If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape.”
“And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape,” added the President. Check out the video below, and tell us what you think.
Pres. Obama on question about Bill Cosby: ‘This country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape’ http://t.co/1s7IYU1FER
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 15, 2015