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Bottom Line: Anita Hill Will Support Joe Biden for President

joe biden - anita hill
Joe Biden – Anita Hill

*Anita Hill made world news in 1991, when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

In front of live Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, chaired by then-Senator Joe Biden, Hill spoke in intricate details of the sexual harassment by Thomas, as a crush of international television outlets captured her every word and facial expression.  Thomas, in October of 1991, was ultimately confirmed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Through the years, Biden has been criticized for allowing Hill to be subjected to the line of questioning regarding her interaction with Thomas.

When Biden launched his Presidential bid months ago, he personally called Hill to apologize.  By all accounts, Hill did not accept Biden’s apology, saying:

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

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Anita Hill & Joe Biden (Getty)
Anita Hill & Joe Biden (Getty composite)

Yet, in CNN’s upcoming documentary, Fight for the White House:  Joe Biden’s Long Journey, Hill, 64, announced she will support Biden for President.

“Notwithstanding all of his limitations in the past, and the mistakes that he made in the past, notwithstanding those – at this point, between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, I think Joe Biden is the person who should be elected in November,” said Hill.

Hill added that she would consider working with Biden if he’s elected in November.  She pointed to working with him on issues of sexual harassment, gender violence, and gender discrimination.

“My commitment is to finding solutions, and I am more than willing to work with him,” said Hill, who is now a lawyer and activist.  “I always said, I think I can be more effective as an outsider.  And now, I’m willing to evolve myself, to work for change inside.”

 

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