A sexual violence advocacy group is coming for Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and wants the White House to revoke the medal given to him in 2002 by George W Bush.
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed on civilians for their contributions to society,” states a petition started by the group Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), which has over 4, 000 signatures. “Bill Cosby does not deserve to be on the list of distinguished recipients.”
A medal of freedom has never been revoked, but PAVE’s founder, Angela Rose, believes it should be in the case of Cosby.
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor to any American civilian, and Bill Cosby’s name does not belong on it,” Rose stated.
And Rose has the backing of a senator as well.
“I don’t think that somebody who has admitted to doing that deserves a medal of any kind,” Senator Claire McCaskill told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest wasn’t aware of the petition. “I haven’t, at this point, heard any discussion of taking that step,” he said, according to USA Today. “I don’t know whether or not it’s legally possible to do so.”