Anita Hill said she wasn’t satisfied with an apology she received from Joe Biden for his handling of Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings — and wants to see “real change” instead.
Hill said in an interview with The New York Times that she received a call from the former Delaware senator earlier this month and was left “deeply unsatisfied” with his act of contrition.
“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 told the paper on Wednesday.
Biden, who served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991, was at the helm of the hearings that put the former law clerk under intense scrutiny for exposing workplace harassment.
“The focus on apology to me is one thing,” Hill added.
“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.”
A spokesperson for Biden’s presidential campaign said Hill and the former vice president had “a private discussion where he shared with her directly his regret for what she endured.”
Biden also mentioned “his admiration for everything she has done to change the culture around sexual harassment in this country,” the spokesperson told The Times.
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