“Sure, I’ve slapped Tina… There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking. But I never beat her.”
Ike was doing what we call “minimizing”. He never “beat” her, he says. However, BEATING her is just exactly what he described that he DID do. See Lundy Bancroft’s book, “Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men” for more information on just this type of mentality.