In the age of the #MeToo movement and with Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the rearview mirror, former Vice President Joe Biden has decided to revisit an old case.
Biden has confessed that he regrets the way he handled Anita Hill’s Senate hearing.
Much like Ford, Hill, a brilliant woman (attorney and university professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies), accused then-Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, back in the 1990s.
At the time, Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While at The Biden Courage Awards in New York, the Democrat said the following: “A brave lawyer, a really notable woman, Anita Hill, a professor, showed the courage of a lifetime talking about her experience being harassed by Clarence Thomas. But she paid a terrible price. She was abused in the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something.”
He went on to say this about the controversial confirmation hearing: “There were a bunch of white guys…hearing this testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee. So when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about. And to this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved given the courage she showed by reaching out to us.”
Biden did remind the world that he opposed Thomas’s confirmation.
This is not the first time that Biden has addressed the matter. Talking to Teen Vogue in 2017, Biden stated: “I wish I had been able to do more for Anita Hill. I owe her an apology. I wish I could have done more to prevent those questions and the way they asked them.”
Professor Hill responded by: “He said he apologized, but he hasn’t apologized to me. The statute of limitations has run on an apology. I don’t need an apology.”
Biden is expected to run for president in 2020, and political experts say he should speak more about his plans for the country instead of going on a mea culpa tour.