Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday expressed regret for Anita Hills treatment during the Senate affirmation of the Supreme Court's justice Clarence Thomas.
"She paid a terrible price. She was abused by the hearing, "said Biden about Hill during the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in New York." To this day, I do not regret that she could get her that kind of hearing she deserved. "
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Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Court Committee in 1991 in Thomas & # 39; s confirmation, has been repeatedly criticized for his handling of Hills' testimony before the committee – criticism that could prove to be a thorn In his side, under a potential 2020 presidential bid, Hill spoke against Thomas at that time and accused him of harassing her while serving as her supervisor, but was unable to stop Thomas's confirmation.
Biden said Tuesday that he tried to stop Thomas from being confirmed, but that Hill was facing a "bunch of white guys" and that she deserved a "hearing where she was respected. "He has publicly apologized to Hill's treatment during the hearing before, but never to her directly.
Last year, Hill had noticed that Biden said he owed her an apology – but made it clear "She has not been breathing after all these years." "It has become a sort of ongoing joke in the household when someone calls the doorbell and we are not expecting business," she told the magazine Elle. "" Oh, "we say , "is it that Joe Biden is going to apologize?" "
On Tuesday, Biden added that the Senate Committee is still a hostile environment for women bringing charges of abuse, referring to the Supreme Court's hearings of justice Justice Kavanaugh, where Christine Blasey Ford testified to the committee that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, and the highly publicized hearing immediately made comparisons with Hills' testimony and highlighted cultural and ge generation clashes in the #MeToo era.
Several democratic presidential candidates have also dealt with calls for abuse complaints of sexual abuse. Late. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York defended his office from criticism for her handling of a sexual harassment, and beds Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) apologized after reports of sexual harassment by his staff during his presidential campaign in 2016.