On the same day that former vice president Joe Biden officially announced his 2020 presidential run, the New York Times reported that earlier in the month, Biden called Anita Hill to discuss “what she endured” during the hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.
As the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, Biden oversaw the proceedings, including Hill’s own hearing during which she testified that Thomas had sexually harassed her. During the hearing, Hill was grilled by a committee of all white-males who trivialized her accusations. (Later, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testified against Brett Kavanaugh, many compared the two hearings.)
Even though Biden called to “express his regret,” Hill told the Times that she felt unsatisfied about the conversation and did not say that Biden specifically apologized to her.
She said, “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.” Hill also remarked that she cannot support Biden until he takes responsibility. “He needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public,” she said, “Because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.”
Back in September 2018, Hill told ELLE that she wasn’t waiting around for Biden to apologize. “There are more important things to me now than hearing an apology from Joe Biden,” she said, “I’m okay with where I am.”
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