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Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings for being “white” and failing to understand the accusations of abuse brought by Anita Hill at the time.
Biden said that Hill paid a “terrible price” for coming forward and testifying against Thomas during his confirmation hearings.
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“I also realized there was a real and perceived problem the committee faced. They were a bunch of white guys. No, I mean it sincerely. A bunch of white guys hearing this testimony on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. “So when Anita Hill came to testify she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the **** it was all about.”
Biden spoke about Hill on Tuesday night at the Biden Courage Awards in New York City, as he focused on the scourge of sexual abuse and harassment.
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“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 that she showed by reaching out to us,” he said.
He also blamed the historical timing of the accusations.
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“We knew a lot less about the extent of harassment back then,...
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