Conservative commentator A.J. Delgado said during a radio show on Wednesday that Ray Rice is a bigger victim of domestic violence than the woman he is accused of beating unconscious.
Delgado appeared on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s radio show to discuss the video that reportedly shows the former Baltimore Ravens running back knocking out his then-fiancee in a New Jersey casino elevator.
“Some might even say watching that video that Ray Rice is the bigger victim of domestic violence here,” Delgado told Hannity.
She said Janay Rice, who married the football star even after the incident, is being erroneously cast as the victim.
“I think that the key here is she doesn’t consider herself a victim of domestic violence,” Delgado said, before going off about the “liberal culture of domestic violence advocates that keeps talking about women’s rights and empowering women.”
Delgado said those calling Janay Rice a victim were in fact being patronizing.
“They’re calling a woman a victim who’s standing up and saying, ‘No, wait I’m not,'” Delgado said. “She’s telling us ‘I’m not a battered woman. I’m not a victim. Lay off.’ And we’re going, ‘No, yes, you are a victim. You just don’t know you are.'”
Hannity said the public knows “the truth” because the video tape has been released. But Delgado responded by reiterating that Ray Rice was the victim in all of this.
“I guess if, some might say I’m defending Ray Rice here,” she said. “Maybe I am. But if you watch the video, the video actually helps make him look better than he did before. She repeatedly attacked him. He’s a victim. Flat out. Fact. Of domestic violence. Only after she’s hit him several times and spit on him, does he finally hit back.
“And then she happens, because of that blow, to knock herself out on the railing. That was an unintended consequence, I’m sure, of what he did.”
In decrying the injustice that men face in our supposedly “gender-neutral” society, Delgado pointed out that “when it comes to domestic violence or rape accusations, the woman is automatically the wallflower, is automatically the victim.”
Delgado has made incendiary comments about violence against women in the past. She came under fire in May for saying that liberals “brainwash women into believing they were raped.”
Listen to her Hannity radio appearance below, courtesy of Media Matters:
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