In 2003, then-President George W. Bush awarded Bill Cosby
the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award is our nation's highest civilian honor, bestowed upon people like Harper Lee, Ronald Reagan, and the members of the Apollo 13 crew. and Since then, we have learned that Bill Cosby was far from the affable, all-American comedian he played on television.
At least 58 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them. Nearly all of these cases fall outside the statute of limitations, and therefore cannot be prosecuted. However, on April 26, 2018, a jury found Cosby guilty on three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
To Pres. Trump:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is meant to honor people who contributed to American culture and society. While Bill Cosby was building a career in entertainment, he was secretly creating a predatory culture and a society of victims who spent decades afraid to speak up. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award for moving our culture forward. Knowing what we know now about Cosby, it is clear he moved our culture backward.
Cosby has been ousted from the Academy and had his honorary Yale doctorate revoked. While there is no precedent yet for revoking the Presidential Medal of Freedom, there is also no precedent for a recipient secretly drugging and raping dozens of women over the course of his lifetime. This is a horrific situation that deserves decisive action. That is why, by signing this letter, I ask Congress and President Trump to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.