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Biden Faces Blowback from New Anita Hill Comments

“Love you Joe, but you were in a position to do better – and you didn’t.”

By NTK Staff | 03.27.2019 @9:52am
Biden Faces Blowback from New Anita Hill Comments

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to face criticism, particularly from those within his own party, regarding his handling of the 1991 Supreme Court hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas.

During the hearing, Anita Hill accused her former boss, Thomas, of sexual harassment. Thomas denied the charge. Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, then chaired by Biden. At times, the hearing grew contentious as the all-male committee questioned the veracity of Hill’s claims.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the hearings have drawn new scrutiny for how Hill was treated. The confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh last fall also renewed interest in the Thomas hearings, given the accusations made in each case.

On Tuesday, Biden publicly lamented that he wished he could have done more to give Hill a fairer hearing. “To this day I regret I couldn’t give her the kind of hearing she deserved,” Biden said.

“I wish I could’ve done something,” he added. Biden has faced criticism from feminists and others for not doing more to help Hill tell her story and has offered public apologies in recent years, but it remains one of the vulnerabilities he’ll have to deal with if he enters the race. In retrospect, he said, he should have held a hearing “where the tone and questioning was not hostile.”

Biden’s words only further infuriated Democrats who believe the former vice president should not be forgiven for his actions. Actress, activist, and sexual abuse survivor Mia Farrow tweeted that Biden was in a position to make the hearing fair but chose not to. Farrow later deleted this tweet:

Mia Farrow tweet

Biden made similar remarks in 2017, when he told Teen Vogue, “I owe her an apology.”

But Hill said she never received an apology from Biden. “He said he apologized, but he hasn’t apologized to me.”

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