Ben Carson: People ‘Demonizing’ Ray Rice, Domestic Violence ‘Not Widespread’
Speaking with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Ray Rice and claimed that domestic violence is “not widespread” despite recent studies showing that 52 percent of American women report physical violence in their lifetime.
Speaking about the Ray Rice case, O’Reilly asked, “You know how many millions of men do that? It’s not an isolated incident. It’s a terrible plague.”
“I’m not sure that’s true,” Carson replied. “To have a man who is an NFL star who is very, very bulked up against a -“
O’Reilly stopped him before he could completely bury himself, saying, “I’m telling you, battery against women in this country and around the world is just out of control, doc.”
“What I’m saying is, for someone to do something like that who has everything going for them, it means that there’s some deep psychological issues,” Carson said.
“No doubt about it,” O’Reilly replied. “I hope that Mr. Rice gets the treatment he needs – but again, I want to send the message that I do believe this is a plague, this violence against women all over the world.”
“No question,” Carson, who said that Rice is being ‘demonized’ earlier in the week, backtracked. “It’s a big problem.”
Earlier this week, Vox reported that 52 percent of American women report experiencing physical violence at one point in their lifetime.
Nearly one in every four women reports a physical assault or rape at the hands of an intimate partner.
Seven in ten assaults against women are perpetrated by an intimate partner.