It hasn’t even been a day and Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is already struggling.
First came a nickname for Biden from President Donald Trump — Sleepy Joe — that seems to be sticking and now Biden is having trouble apologizing to liberals for his past.
Before officially entering the presidential race, Biden reportedly made a phone call to Anita Hill.
For those who don’t know, Hill is the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. The accusations came in the midst of Thomas’ hearing to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Similar to the recent accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Anita Hill’s story grabbed the attention of the nation and deeply split people. Some felt her stories did not ring true and that Thomas was being shamed before the nation. Others believed Hill was the one being shamed by politicians questioning her.
At the time of Anita Hill coming forward with accusations against Thomas, Biden was a senator and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that was overseeing Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Many leftists feel Hill did not get a fair hearing, though conservatives continue to argue that she did and that Thomas was the one subjected to unfair treatment based on unfounded allegations.
The late Andrew Breitbart, founder of breitbart.com and a major leader in the Tea Party movement, famously revealed in his 2011 book “Righteous Indignation” that witnessing the behavior of Democrats during Thomas’s confirmation hearing was what motivated him to switch political parties.
Biden tried to save face with the left last year when asked about Anita Hill.
“I believed Anita Hill,” Biden said on the “PBS News Hour.” “I said I believed Anita Hill. I voted against Clarence Thomas.”
Biden went on to say that he didn’t have the “power” at the time to shut down “Republican critics” questioning Hill, like liberals would have wanted him to.
The former vice president is now apparently trying to continue his apology tour. Anita Hill revealed to The New York Times that Biden called her earlier this month to apologize, but she was extremely dissatisfied with the call.
“The focus on apology to me is one thing,” said Hill. “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.”
Hill, who is now a university professor, also said she will not be supporting Joe Biden’s bid to become president.
“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,” she said.
Hill also revealed to the New York Times that she is troubled by recent accusations of inappropriate touching by Biden.
Biden’s campaign said the former vice president reached out to Hill to express “regret” over his past actions.
“They had a private discussion where he 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,” said Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager.
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