Last week I showed you how much of a badass Vice President Joe Biden was when talking about ISIS. Maybe you think it was empty geopolitical rhetoric from a talking head, maybe it wasn’t…. All I know is that it made me want to run through a wall and listen to listen to “Real American” on repeat.
Today Joe Biden is back in the news cycle again thanks to a Today Show interview , weighing in with harsh condemnation on the NFL’s Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. Smokin’ Joe has some hot takes and gets the issue 100% right. Jezebel has the transcription:
It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman. No means no. […] The one regret I have is we call it domestic violence as if it’s a domesticated cat. It is the most vicious form of violence there is, because not only the physical scars are left, the psychological scars that are left. This whole culture for so long has put the onus on the woman. What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do to provoke? That is never the appropriate question.
Bravo! Veep’s office coming out strong. But even better is that he didn’t stop with Ray Rice. He brought up his official stance on sexual assault on campus, which is 100% spot-on:
The next challenge is making sure, ironically, we get college presidents and colleges to understand that they have a responsibility for the safety of women on their campus. They have a responsibility to do what we know from great experience works. Bringing the experts. Provide people, give the young woman the support that she needs. Psychological support. the medical support, and if need be, the legal support. Societal changes taking place. It takes time. But I really believe it’s taking root, and we have an obligation to just keep pushing it.
Good on you, Joe: