Barack Obama, Bill Cosby (AP/Carolyn Kaster/Evan Vucci)

President Obama weighs in on Bill Cosby: "Any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape"

The president fielded a question about Cosby's medal of freedom with a straightforward definition of sexual assault


Jenny Kutner
July 15, 2015 11:48PM (UTC)

President Obama fielded a seemingly unexpected question about revoking Bill Cosby's presidential medal of freedom at a press conference Wednesday, and took a moment to speak out about the allegations against the comedian with a clear zero-tolerance policy on sexual assault. Explaining that there was "no precedent" for stripping a recipient of the medal of freedom -- a move supported by more than 10,000 people who signed a White House petition -- the president decided to share his (careful, measured) opinion in lieu of entertaining the petition.

"I'll say this," Obama began. "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."

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"I think this country, any civilized country," he went on, "should have no tolerance for rape."

Watch Obama's comments on Bill Cosby, via Huffington Post, below:



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