Fox complains Obama wasn’t ‘leading’ on Ray Rice matter as White House issues statement
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros reacted to the release and suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice by criticizing President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party for not condemning it, Talking Points Memo reports.
On Monday’s episode of Outnumbered, Tantaros said, “I want to know, where is the President on this one? My question is — and not to bring it back to politics but — this is a White House that seems to bring up a ‘war on women’ every other week.”
She then demanded action from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who “should come out and condemn this, and if she doesn’t — she’s an apologist for domestic violence.”
At almost the same time, a White house spokesman said that the Obama administration “welcomes any strong signals by anybody in this country” who would help to combat domestic violence.
Josh Earnest said that the president was “aware of the [Rice] situation,” then added that “this administration and this president do believe strongly that the scourge of violence against women needs to be combated.”
“You have seen the president and vice president make very forceful comments about how important it is for men, in particular, to step up and step forward,” Earnest said, adding that violence against women “is not and cannot be tolerated.”