Anita Hill Says She Can't Support Joe Biden's Run For President Right Now
"I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose."
April 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm
Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly had a private conversation with Anita Hill earlier this month, where he expressed "his regret for what she endured” nearly 30 years ago during the Supreme Court hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas.
A Biden spokesperson confirmed that the two "had a private discussion where (Biden) shared with her directly his regret for what she endured and his admiration for everything she has done to change the culture around sexual harassment in this country."
But in a telephone interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Hill said that Biden's call left her feeling "deeply unsatisfied."
She told the publication that she wouldn't classify Biden's regret as an apology as she's not convinced that he's taken full responsibility for his own actions at the hearings.
"I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose," the 62-year-old attorney said.
Hill also noted that she can't support Biden for president until he takes full responsibility for his conduct.
"There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence,” she said.
In 1991, Biden, then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, oversaw the hearings in which Hill pressed sexual harassment allegations against Thomas. Biden received criticism throughout the years over how he handled the hearing, particularly for failing to stop the all-male committee from asking some rather intrusive questions during Hill's testimony.
Biden's admission of "regret" came shortly before he launched his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday.
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