Former Vice President Joe Biden wants teen girls to know that he understands feminism.
In an interview with Teen Vogue, Biden expressed regret for not protecting Anita Hill when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee while Hill testified against Clarence Thomas in 1991.
“And my one regret is that I wasn’t able to tone down the attacks on her by some of my Republican friends,” Biden said. “I mean, they really went after her. As much as I tried to intervene, I did not have the power to gavel them out-of-order.”
Thomas’ confirmation hearings to become a Supreme Court Justice became the top news story when Hill claimed she was sexually harassed by Thomas when he was her supervisor at the Department of Education.
Thomas, a Republican, eventually overcame the allegations and went on to become the second African-American to serve on the high court.
“I believed Anita Hill. I voted against Clarence Thomas,” Biden said. “And I insisted the next election — I campaigned for two women Senators on the condition that if they won they would come on the Judiciary Committee, so there would never be again all men making a judgement on this.”
Hill has been one of Biden’s most outspoken critics for the way he handled the Committee. Many, including Hill, criticized Biden for allowing remarks that insinuated that talking about women’s breast sizes was “not too bad,” Teen Vogue reported.
Biden has offered apologies to Hill before, particularly for not subpoenaing three potential female witness to testify.
“In retrospect, some, including Anita, think I should have subpoenaed them no matter what,” Biden said. “The reason I didn’t, I was worried they would come and not corroborate what she said.”
“I wish I had been able to do more for Anita Hill,” he said. “I owe her an apology.”
With rampant accusations of sexual misconduct being waged at power players in media and Washington, Biden must have felt it was a good time to rehash an old story to prove what a remorseful, understanding kind of guy he is — and how awful Republicans can be.
Did we mention that Biden has been rumored to make a run for President in 2020? So far, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.
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