Meghan McCain Defends Biden Amid Criticism of Anita Hill Remarks: Dems Cannibalizing Each Other Helps Trump
On The View Wednesday morning, Meghan McCain defended former Vice President Joe Biden amid the criticism he’s getting for his remarks expressing regret (again) for the way Anita Hill was treated during her testimony in the infamous 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing.
“To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved, given the courage she showed by reaching out to us,” Biden said.
The then-Delaware senator was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time. He said last night she “paid a terrible price.”
Joy Behar admitted she’s skeptical of the idea that this will hurt his likely campaign, and she asked if this is really “an important thing” given what’s in President Donald Trump‘s background.
Sunny Hostin, who said she greatly admires Biden and some of the work he’s done, didn’t think his apology was enough.
“There were three other women that could have testified to support Anita Hill that saw what happened with Clarence Thomas. He could have called those women, he did not,” she continued. “He has not apologized or spoken to Anita Hill, she has said that. He also did not call experts on sexual harassment that could have explained to the 14 white men, which included himself, which he did not talk about, to explain what sexual harassment was.”
Hostin added, “Joe Biden is a smart guy. He needs to take responsibility for mishandling it himself.”
Ana Navarro brought up Michael Bloomberg‘s recent comments about the Democratic “apology tour” and said it’s “maddening” to see the public mea culpas when Trump “put somebody on the Supreme Court who did just as bad if not worse than Clarence Thomas.”
“Stop apologizing in public. Call Anita hill and get to campaigning,” she added.
McCain then spoke up in defense of Biden:
“I think it’s dangerous when we use today’s standards by 27-years-ago standards. People can learn, they can evolve, they can change. This was not an issue when he ran for president in 2008. It’s because of the Me Too moment that we’re in. Joe Biden is one of the truly great decent human beings on the planet. If Democrats cannibalize each other, it’s exactly what Trump wants.”
Hostin countered, “I think we have come to a point in our society because of Trump that people are unwilling to own up to their failings, unwilling to apologize. Why not be classy and––”
“He’s a very classy man,” McCain responded. “I cannot sit here and let his record or his character in any way be taken down.”
“I beg of you, don’t do this to him,” she added.
“What Bernie Sanders did to Hillary, you will do to him. I’m giving you guys a fair warning right now. This is my warning flare to Democrats. What Bernie did to Hillary hurt her, and it ended up helping Trump, and that’s what you’re doing to Biden right now.”
You can watch above, via ABC.
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