It didn’t take long for President Barack Obama to be dragged into the Ray Rice controversy Monday after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator, which resulted in the Baltimore Ravens cutting him and later, the NFL indefinitely suspended him.
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros directed her anger at Obama during a taping of “Outnumbered.”
“I wanna know, where is the President on this one?” Tantaros asked. “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. A White House that’s very concerned about the NFL, concussions, etc., prescription drugs in locker rooms.”
Press secretary Josh Earnest said he wasn’t sure if Obama had seen the tape, but knows the president is “aware of the situation.”
“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, according to The Hill.
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While Earnest declined further comment on the Rice case, he did say “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,” he said.