A conservative talk show host says President Barack Obama is “partly” to blame for a rise in domestic violence because of the deteriorating job situation over the past year — and because the president has criticized Las Vegas.
In discussion on Fox News about Sen. Harry Reid’s comment Monday linking unemployment to growing domestic abuse, James Harris told host Gretchen Carlson:
“If this is all about jobs, we have this massive job loss and … we have domestic violence problems in Nevada, what we need to do is lay this right at the feet of Obama, who in the last year twice slammed Nevada, slammed Las Vegas, so we can say that this is partly Obama’s fault for causing so much job loss in Nevada.”
Harris, who hosts a radio program on WTMJ in Milwaukee, singled out Nevada because Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, hails from there, and was referring to unemployment in that state when he said on Monday that domestic violence “has gotten out of hand. Why? Men don’t have jobs. Women don’t have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time. Men, when they’re out of work, tend to become abusive.”
Reid’s remarks raised eyebrows among some commentators. And Harris isn’t the only voice on Fox News to make the argument that, if domestic violence is linked to unemployment, it’s Obama’s fault. In a column published Wednesday at the Fox News Web site, Greg Gutfeld argued that Obama has to take the blame for domestic violence if unemployment is its cause.
So I finally figured out what makes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid so intriguing: He’s a big stupid-face….
What Reid seems to be saying is that the difference between a man who beats his wife and a man who doesn’t is simply a paycheck; a brutal indictment implying all men are capable of abuse and only a “jobs bill” can stop them. This is a view of men that only Janeane Garofalo could love.
[Reid] has two people to blame: President Obama and Reid himself for voting for President Obama. After all, it’s Obama who twice told people to stay out of Vegas, the equivalent of taking work out of the hands of those who live there.
Of course, I don’t really believe that. I’m just showing you where a Harry Reid opinion inevitably ends up….
In a statement released Wednesday, the National Network to End Domestic Violence partly agreed with Reid.
“The economy does not cause domestic violence but can make it worse. Senator Reid is correct in discussing how pervasive domestic violence is and what job loss can do to exacerbate the problem. The poor economy can fuel the fire of domestic violence and limit options for victims to escape. The numbers back up what Senator Reid is seeing in Nevada,” president Sue Else said.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 24, 2010.