Obama on Bill Cosby Scandal: 'Any Civilized Country Should Have No Tolerance for Rape'

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Obama on Bill Cosby Scandal: 'Any Civilized Country Should Have No Tolerance for Rape'

Also says there's "no mechanism" for revoking Medal of Freedom.

Published July 15, 2015

President Barack Obama shared his thoughts on the Bill Cosby controversy just minutes ago, addressing the rape scandal after a reporter asked him if Cosby's Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award offered by the government — will be revoked. 

Though the president was hesitant to comment, saying that it's not his style to add his two cents on matters in which criminal or civil proceedings are ongoing, as is the case with Cosby, he did say, "There's no precedent for revoking a Medal of Freedom. We don't have that mechanism." Cosby was awarded the Medal in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

Obama was clear about where he stands on the news that Cosby purchased quaaludes for the purpose of drugging women for sex. "I will 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," Obama added. "Any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape."

Watch Obama's full comments below:

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