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As you most likely know by now, former Vice President Joe Biden declared his candidacy for president earlier today. However, one of his stumbling blocks is former law professor Anita Hill. He was widely criticized for mishandling Hill’s testimony to senators when she appeared in front of them during the Clarence Thomas hearings.

Essentially, she says his apology to her, which he offered earlier this month, is not good enough. In an interview with the NY Times, also published today, Hill says Biden did not address the consequences of how he handled her Senate Judiciary Committee testimony in 1991.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you,” she said. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.”

Here’s more via HuffPost:

Biden was serving as the committee chairman when Hill came forward with allegations that then-Supreme Court nominee Thomas had sexually harassed her at two different jobs. Biden has long faced criticism for mishandling how Hill’s testimony was presented to the senators before they ultimately voted to confirm Thomas, who denied all of her allegations.

“The focus on apology to me is one thing,” she continued. “But he needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public 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.”

Specifically, Biden is blamed for not shielding Hill from Republican attacks during the hearing and for the way he structured the hearing. Notably, he allowed Thomas to testify before Hill, and he did not call upon three female witnesses who planned to bolster Hill’s testimony with accounts of their own experiences with Thomas.

The issue has been hanging over Biden’s head for years and has hurt him politically. In fact, over the years, it’s gotten worse. Jest recently he was making news because of women coming forward to say that he inappropriately touched them in the past.



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9 thoughts on “Anita Hill Thinks Joe Biden’s Apology For Hearings Isn’t Good Enough

  1. Whatever Anita. When u go to go trials like that, it is not going to be pretty for no one. I am sure Clarence Thomas was outrage on how he was treated as well. That is how everyone has to be treated to get to the truth.

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    D, you’re right. However, Anita has every right to not accept that demon’s apology. It’s a long time coming, don’t you think? Why didn’t he advise President Obama to invite her to the White House or put her on a committee to combat sexual abuse in the workplace. Nope. I need action, not lip service. Now to your point, I’ll hold my nose and vote for anyone other than the sleaze bag racist that currently occupies the house at 1600 Pennsylvania. That we can agree on.

    • @ted— Anita Hill does deserve more respect. you’re also right about Obama. He could have done what you suggested. Obama could have done a lot of things differently. It is what it is.

  3. In the meantime. 60 million nut jobs voted for a sexual predator who has never apologized for anything. I’m tired of hearing about this. Let’s vote trump’s ass out of office. Biden is probably the only one who can beat the nut.

  4. Joe Biden was correct in apologizing to Anita Hill, the apology should have been on a more personal level due to all the humiliation she suffered. In addition, when Biden says he got it, he should had publicly apologized to all the women including Anita Hill whom he wronged.

  5. Hey Creepy Joe apologizing was your first mistake BC #1 you did nothing wrong and #2 an apology no matter how sincere is NEVER going to be good enough you just opened the flood gates of scrutiny, next time follow the emerging practice of conservatives bogusly accused of something wrong (tell them to GO POUND SAND)

  6. Never, she made a fortune over the lies.ᴍʏ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴘᴀʏᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ᴡᴀs ғᴏʀ 𝟷𝟷𝟶𝟶𝟶 ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀs… ᴀʟʟ ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ᴡᴀs sɪᴍᴘʟᴇ ᴏɴʟɪɴᴇ ᴡᴏʀᴋ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴄᴏᴍғᴏʀᴛ ᴀᴛ ʜᴏᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ 𝟹-𝟺 ʜᴏᴜʀs/ᴅᴀʏ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪ ɢᴏᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ᴛʜɪs ᴀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ɪ ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴘᴀɪᴅ ᴍᴇ ғᴏʀ ɪᴛ 𝟿𝟻 ʙᴜᴄᴋs ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ʜᴏᴜʀ… ᴛʀʏ ɪᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀsᴇʟғ . See More

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