Someone from Joe Biden’s past has already resurfaced to demand change from the presidential candidate. Anita Hill, who testified in the 1990s that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, is saying that Biden’s recent attempt at an apology was not enough.
Biden’s call with Hill earlier this month was publicized by his campaign on Thursday as retribution for his past mistakes.
“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,” the spokesperson said to The Hill.
However, according to a report by The New York Times, Hill said that his actions mean more than his apology, declining to even call it an apology.
“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 said.
The hearing is looked at by critics as being mishandled by Biden, who was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. Hill claimed that Biden has not held himself accountable for the way the hearing was conducted and that it was a bad sign for his candidacy.
“And what happened was that the process went completely off track, it was not managed well, there was no transparency — there was no clarity as to what information was being shared,” said Hill about the hearing.
Some also called him out for the timing of apology, which was 28 years in the making, claiming that it was convenient that it happened only a couple of weeks before his 2020 campaign announcement.
Here are some reactions below:
Joe Biden handled Anita Hill's testimony against Clarence Thomas in 1991.
That's 28 years ago.
He called her "a few weeks ago" just as he was about to launch his presidential campaign.
There will be questions about this.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) April 26, 2019
This is too little too late. The fact that Biden had to wait 28 years to apologize is a clear indication that his apology is insencere and only politically motivated…https://t.co/d0uzty2jKO
— NDarwish (@NDarwish099) April 26, 2019
"Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called Anita Hill earlier this month…" Soooo….why did it take 28 years? https://t.co/Ogki5VfZR1
— Daniel Clark (@TheDanielClark) April 25, 2019
Stating obvious here: Biden had 28 years to say something. Called weeks before his presidential launchhttps://t.co/8DfRSML2KS
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 25, 2019
Other than Anita Hill hanging up on him, I’m unsure how this could have gone worse for @JoeBiden. Serves him right. He had 28 years to apologize, and he tried this right before launching a presidential campaign. Probably thought it would stay secret, too. https://t.co/GNHU3gBjXJ
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 25, 2019
As IJR Red previously reported, Biden has been faced with controversy concerning his response to women accusing him of inappropriate touching. During a Thursday appearance on “The View,” Biden also claimed he didn’t think he had treated Hill poorly, despite apologizing to her earlier in the month.