Biden Advises Senate Not to Treat Kavanaugh’s Accuser Like Anita Hill: She ‘Was Vilified’
Former Vice President Joe Biden advised senators not to go the Anita Hill route — who he believes was “vilified” — when questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“Anita Hill was vilified when she came forward by a lot of my colleagues,” Biden said while on the Today show. “I wish I could have done more to prevent those questions and the way they asked them.”
“I hope my colleagues learned from that,” he added.”I hope that they understand what courage it takes for someone to come forward and relive what they believe happened to them.”
Hill accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment before 1991. These claims were addressed in his confirmation process, with many Republicans lawmakers suggesting that Hill’s allegations were false, much like what is happening now with Ford.
“I hope that they understand what courage it takes for someone to come forward and relive what they believe happened to them,” he said.
Biden went on to say that Ford is showing “enormous courage” in making these allegations known and tried to explain to men why it is difficult for her to come forward.
“Did you see the movie ‘Deliverance’? How about if you were the guy strapped to the tree [in the movie’s rape scene]? Would you want to relive that?” Biden said.
The former VEEP also noted that his “biggest regret” was not stopping senators from insulting or attacking Hill during the Thomas confirmation hearings.
“She got victimized again during the process,” he said of Hill.
Watch above, via NBC.
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